Portugal / Jurisprudence constitutional / Constitutionnelle 2021

António Manuel Abrantes, Catarina Gouveia Alves, Nuno Jorge de Lemos

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The present chronicle gives an overview of the Portuguese Constitutional Court case law of 2021. In this year, the Court issued an important decision regarding medically assisted death. Besides this ruling, the Court faced relevant challenges in different fields of the Portuguese legal framework. As usual, Criminal and Tax Law stood out as the main legal areas approached by the Portuguese Constitutional Court. There were also Rulings on the distribution of powers between the Parliament and the Government in the definition of criminal offenses during the state of emergency and the state of calamity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the right to gender self-determination and expression of gender and its consequences within the educational system, the right to examine witnesses and its limitation during the COVID-19 pandemic (videoconferencing) and lastly on the right to property as apposed to rental contracts of public interest. All of this is reflected in the decisions summarized in the chronicle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-868
Number of pages42
JournalEuropean Review of Public Law | Revue européenne de droit publique
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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