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Constitutional Law in Portugal, Second Edition

Constitutional Law in Portugal, Second Edition

By Jorge Bacelar Gouveia


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Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this very useful analysis of constitutional law in Portugal provides essential information on the country’s sources of constitutional law, its form of government, and its administrative structure. Lawyers who handle transnational matters will appreciate the clarifications of particular terminology and its application. Throughout the book, the treatment emphasizes the specific points at which constitutional law affects the interpretation of legal rules and procedure.

Thorough coverage by a local expert fully describes the political system, the historical background, the role of treaties, legislation, jurisprudence, and administrative regulations. The discussion of the form and structure of government outlines its legal status, the jurisdiction and workings of the central state organs, the subdivisions of the state, its decentralized authorities, and concepts of citizenship. Special issues include the legal position of aliens, foreign relations, taxing and spending powers, emergency laws, the power of the military, and the constitutional relationship between church and state. Details are presented in such a way that readers who are unfamiliar with specific terms and concepts in varying contexts will fully grasp their meaning and significance.

Its succinct yet scholarly nature, as well as the practical quality of the information it provides, make this book a valuable time-saving tool for both practising and academic jurists. Lawyers representing parties with interests in Portugal will welcome this guide, and academics and researchers will appreciate its value in the study of comparative constitutional law.

Resources Table of Contents
Publish Date 02/17/2015
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041158819
SKU 10057492-0001
Table of Contents

The Author.


List of Abbreviations.

General Introduction.

Selected Bibliography.

Part I. Sources of Portuguese Law.

Chapter 1. The Constitution as the Main Source of Portuguese Constitutional Law.

Chapter 2. Constituent Power and Constitutional Reform.

Chapter 3. The Secondary Sources of Portuguese Constitutional Law.

Chapter 4. The Non-constitutional Sources of Portuguese Law.

Chapter 5. Legislative Function, Legislative Acts and in Particular Legislative Procedure.

Part II. The Portuguese Political System.

Chapter 1. The Portuguese Democracy.

Chapter 2. Portuguese Organs of Government.

Part III. The Portuguese State and Its Internal Organization.

Chapter 1. The Fundamental Options in the Form of the Portuguese State.

Chapter 2. The Political and Administrative Organization of the Archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira.

Chapter 3. The Sub-State Administrative Organization.

Part IV. The Rights of the Citizens and the Safeguard of the Portuguese Constitution.

Chapter 1. Fundamental Rights.

Chapter 2. The Guarantee of the Constitution and the Judicial Review of Constitutionality.

Part V. Specific Issues of Portuguese Constitutional Law.

Chapter 1. Constitutional Exception and Suspension of Fundamental Rights.

Chapter 2. State and Religion.