Compared Constitutional Law
Cod: 41022
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Legal Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit introduces students to key foreign constitutional experiences, namely from North America, England, France, Germany, Italy and from the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Political Constitutions
Political Systems
Organization of Political Power

Students are expected to be able
• to feature the main systems and constitutional families;
• to point out the most relevant similarities and differences among the main constitutional systems.

1 – Constitutional Systems
2 – The British Constitutional System and its diffusion
3 – The North-American Constitutional System and its projection
4 – The French Constitutional System and its projection
5 – Other European Constitutional Systems
6 – From the Soviet Constitutional System to the new Russian Constitution
7 - Constitutional Systems in Latin America
8 – Constitutional systems of in Asia and Africa

JORGE MIRANDA, Manual de Direito Constitucional – Tomo I, 10.ª Edição, Coimbra Editora.



Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).