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Constança Urbano de Sousa

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Constança Urbano de Sousa is EU Law Professor and Director of the Law Department of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.

In November 2015, she was appointed Minister of Internal Administration in the Portuguese Government.

From 2006 until 2012 she was Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Counselor and Head of the JHA Unit at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU. During 6 years she was Head of the Portuguese delegation to the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA) and member of the Portuguese delegation to CATS, COSI and High Level Working Group on Asylum and Migration, among other bodies of the EU Council. During the 2007 Portuguese Presidency of the Council she served both as Chair of SCIFA and of JHA Counselors meetings, steering negotiations on several dossiers within the Council and with the Commission and European Parliament, such as the Return Directive, the Visa Code Regulation, the Mobility Partnerships, the visa facilitation agreements with the Western Balkans and Ukraine, among others.

From 2005 until 2006 she was the legal advisor for the Minister of the Interior of Portugal on immigration, asylum and European issues, and responsible for the draft of the Portuguese Nationality and Immigration Law.

Her principal research areas are Immigration Law, Asylum Law and the area of Freedom, Security and Justice of the European Union.

Her most recent and important publications include:

  • Comentário aos artigos 87.º a 89.º do TFUE, in Manuel Lopes Porto e Gonçalo Anastácio (coord.), Tratado de Lisboa Anotado e Comentado, Almedina, Coimbra, 2012, pp. 454-462.
  • “Le partenariat pour la mobilité: un instrument de l’approche globale en matière d’immigration », in M. Maes, MC Foblets, Ph de Bruycker (eds), External Dimension of EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policy, Bruylant, Brussels, 2011, pp. 343-358.
  • “Legal and illegal migration flows to Portugal and Spain” (with Francisco Pereira Coutinho), in 4. Europäischer Juristentag /4th European Jurists’ Forum /4ème Journee des Juristes Européens, Sammelband – Proceedings – Actes du Congrès. Reden – Referate – Generalberichte – Schlussvortrag, Manz Verlag, Viena, 2008, p. 363-385.
  • “La directive 2003/86/CE du Conseil, du 22 Septembre 2003, relative au droit au regroupement familial: Une histoire sans une issue heureuse?, in Efarmoges Dimosiou Dikaiou (I) 2006, p. 5-26.
  • “Le droit des membres de la famille du citoyen de l’Union européenne de circuler et de séjourner sur le territoire des États membres dans la directive 2004/38/CE”, in Jean-Yves Carlier / Elspeth Guild, L’avenir de la libre circulation des personnes dans l’UE, Bruylant, Bruxelas, 2006, pp. 103-125.
  • “The Portuguese Nationality Law: Evolution” (em co-autoria com Maria Joannis Baganha), in Rainer Bauböck, Eva Ersbøll, Kees Groenendijk, Harald Waldrauch (Ed.) Acquisition and Loss of Nationality | Volume 2: Country Analyses Policies and Trends in 15 European Countries, Amsterdam University Press, 2006, pp.435-476.
  • “Novedades en Derecho Comunitario de Inmigración y Asilo”, in Marco Aparicio Wilhelmi, Mariona Illamola Dausà (coord..), Las Fronteras del a ciudadanía en España y en la Unión Europea, Documenta Universitaria, Girona, 2006, pp. 27-40

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