Extreme pornograhy
: a criminalização da pornografia de violação no ordenamento jurídico português

  • Laura Vassalo Ferrão Leal da Costa (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The present dissertation intends to perform a critical analysis of the extreme pornography crime, specifically rape pornography, consecrated in the United Kingdom legal system, in order to consider its possible transposition to the Portuguese legal system. Consequently, we will observe the genesis of the offence, taking into account the social and political context in which it arose, dissecting section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration ACT 2008 in order to study the elements that constitute it. 9 Afterwards, we will narrow down our study, focusing on the crime of rape pornography, analyzing the juridical asset it aims to protect and the criticisms that have been made when it was created and applied. Once the legal framework of the offence is understood, we will focus our attention on the Portuguese legal system, recalling the concepts inherent to the purposes of penal intervention, namely the role of the juridical asset in the process of creation of a new type of crime. Finally, we will evaluate possible proposals for the introduction of the crime of rape pornography in our juridical order, weaving some of the criticisms that may arise.
Date of Award12 Jul 2023
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPedro Freitas (Supervisor)


  • Rape pornography
  • Juridical asset
  • Sexual offences
  • Sexual morality
  • Sexual freedom and self-determination
  • Crimes of abstract danger


  • Mestrado em Direito

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