Introduction to Administrative Law
Cod: 41033
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Legal Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit introduces administrative organization, the activities of the Public Administration and the guarantees of individuals. In the introduction to this branch of law, we will look at, among other things, basic concepts of administrative function and their characterization in relation to other state functions, the types of administrative systems, the structure of the administration and the forms of demonstration of administrative power. The course programme also aims at the study of basic administrative legislation, namely, the Código do Procedimento Administrativo and the Carta Ética da Administração Pública.


The State
Código do Procedimento Administrativo
Public Administration

Students should be able to understand the most important judicial issues related to Portuguese administrative law.

1. Introduction;
2. Administrative organization;
3. Administrative activity;
4. Guarantees of individuals.

Curso Sobre o Novo Código do Procedimento Administrativo. José Fontes. Almedina. 5.ª Edição.
Código de Processo nos Tribunais Administrativos e Legislação Complementar.
Legislação de Direito Constitucional. Organização de José Fontes. Livraria Almedina. 9.ª ou 8.ª Edições Atualizadas.


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%).