Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Women and Human Rights - 2nd semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas





Teacher in charge

Manuel Gaspar da Silva Lisboa

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



Students should acquire: a) Knowledge and understanding of the main legal instruments on women´s rights, b) understanding of the limited nature of legal regulation and the need to attend to other forms of regular reality c) Capacity for critical analysis and investigation of specific phenomena related to law enforcement d) Ability to communicate theories clearly, concepts and research results in the thematic area of the curricular unit.



Subject matter

The syllabus is structured around the following topics:
1. The absence of women in the supposedly universal declarations of rights in Modernity: France and the United States
2. The evolution from United Nations Charter until the adoption of the CEDAW.
3. The existing national legislation and case law
4. Gender issues: gender indentities and their relation with the principle of equality and non-discrimination.


- “Genderizing Human Rights: from Equality to Women’s Law” in European Union – China Dialogue on Human Rights – with special reference to Women Rovaniemi, Finland: University of Lapland, 2000.
- “Equality between Men and Women” in Discrimination and Prevention of Torture. Collected Papers from the First Roundtable under the EU-Iran Human Rights Dialogue, Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2003.
- Direito das Mulheres e da Igualdade Social, [Women’s Law and Social Equality] Coimbra: Almedina, 2010.
- “Discriminação e contra-discriminação em razão da orientação sexual no direito português” (com Helena
Pereira de Melo) Revista do Ministério Público, Ano 31, Julho / Setembro 2010
- ‘Igualdade de Género’ [Gender Equality] (com Teresa Moura Anjinho) in Portugal e a Europa : Dicionário / José Maria Brandão de Brito, João Ferreira do Amaral, Maria Fernanda Rollo, coord., Tinta da China, 2011.

Teaching method

Classes are structured according to three types of sessions: a) oral presentation by the lecturer covering the different points in the syllabus; b) invited experts to lecture on relevant subjects for assignment work; c) final collective discussion of the individual students´ work.
Since this is a curricular unit that can be attended by students from various undergraduate courses, we would like to enhance and reflect the richness of this diversity, combining the oral presentations with the participation and critical comments of students.
The subject of the individual assignment is prearranged with the lecturers, to be considered a small essay to be used further on in the master´s final assignment.

Evaluation method

The assessment is done through participation and class discussions and written work, to be delivered according to established schedule (maximum 4000 words, excluding annexes and bibliography).