The Full Professor of NOVA School of Law João Caupers was elected, on February 9, President of the Constitutional Court.
Appointed Chief Judge in 2014, Professor João Caupers had been vice-president of the Constitutional Court since July 2016. Graduated, master and phD in law - in legal and political sciences, in the area of business science - from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, he was director of NOVA School of Law between October 2003 and February 2009, having served as president of the Scientific Council of the School in 2012 and 2013. He was a member of the General Council of the NOVA University of Lisbon between 2009 and 2013.
In addition to his academic career, João Caupers was also a member of the Superior Council of the Administrative and Tax Courts for five years and he is a member of the General Council of the Center for Judicial Studies. He participated in several legislative reforms: drafting the Administrative Procedure Code, reforming administrative litigation, reorganizing the tax administration, namely. He is the author of more than a hundred writings, among which stand out "The fundamental rights of workers and the Constitution", "The peripheral administration of the State. Administration Science Study", "Introduction to Administrative Law" (eleven editions), "Introduction to Public Administration Science", "Law and other things" and " The fat state".
There are already several professors from the NOVA School of Law elected to the Constitutional Court. Recently, in July 2020, Professor José João Abrantes was elected Judge Councillor. Previously, Professor Maria Helena Brito was Judge of the TC (March 1998 - April 2007) and Professor Maria Lúcia Amaral, current Ombudsman, was Judge and Vice-President of the TC (April 2007 - July 2016).