Ana Rita Gil

Category: Invited Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest / Research:

International Human Rights Law

Asylum and Immigration Law

Public International Law

European Union law

Fundamental rights

Constitutional Law

Academic Degrees:

Degree in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra, 2004

Post-Graduation in Children’s Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, 2005

PhD, in Law, specialty of Public Law, with the thesis “The Side Protection of Fundamental Immigration Rights”, by Nova School of Law, 2016, summa cum laude

Members of international networks:

National Rapporteur on the GLOBALCIT Project, on access to nationality, coordinated by the European Institute of Florence and the Schumann Center for Advanced Studies

National Rapporteur of several studies for the Commission and the European Parliament, mainly on the transposition of Directives on matters of asylum, immigration, nationality, children’s rights and hate speech.

Teaching activity in other institutions:

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Universidade de Coimbra, Judicial Studies Center, ISCTE-IUL, Social Studies Center, Military Academy, Military University Institute, Autonoma Academy, Diplomatic Institute, European Judicial Training Network

Other Professional Activities:

Advisor to the Constitutional Court Judges’ Office from 2010 to 2018

Assistant to the Ombudsman’s Office from 2018 to 2020

Member of the Coordination Committee of the National Prevention Mechanism against Torture from 2018 to 2020

Member of the General Council of the Centre for Judicial Studies, elected by the Assembly of the Republic, since 2020

Most Relevant Publications:


Country Report on Citizenship Law – Portugal, European Institute of Florence, 2009 (with Nuno Piçarra) – republished and updated in 2020;

Immigration and Human Rights, Petrony, 2017 (2nd edition in press)

Book Chapters

“Exceptional States – Portugal”, AA.VV., XVIII Report on Human Rights, Federacion Iberoamericana de Ombudsman, Guillermo Escobar (org.), Universidad de Alcalá, 2020, P. 409-434;

“Non-Governmental Organizations and National Human Rights Institutions”, AA.VV., 21st Century Global Legal Order – Subjects and Actors on the International Stage, Maria Luísa Duarte, Rui Tavares Lanceiro, Francisco de Abreu Duarte (org.) , AAEFDL, 2020, pp. 69-87;

“Should a distinction be made between Refugees and Immigrants?”, AA.VV., Views on Migration, Citizenship and Human Rights – In History and in the 21st Century, Teresa Beleza, Cristina Nogueira da Silva, Ana Rita Gil and Emellin de Oliveira (org.), Petrony, 2020, pp. 69-87

“Asylum in a state of emergency”, in AA.VV., Administrative Law of Necessity and Exception, Carla Amado Gomes, Ricardo Pedro (org.), AAFDL, 2020, pp. 413-448;

“Gender Violence – Portugal”, AA.VV., XVII Report on Human Rights, Federacion Iberoamericana de Ombudsman, Guillermo Escobar (org.), Universidad de Alcalá, 2019 (with Cristina Sá Costa). pp. 409-434;

“Guiding Principles of the Global Compact on Migration”, AA.VV., The relevance of migration for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Constança Urbano de Sousa (org.), 2019, pp. 193-222

“Migration law as a “new ”branch of Public Law”, in AA.VV., Minutes of the XI Meeting of Professors of Public Law – Public Law and Public Rights: Bridges, Dialogues and Crossroads, Ana Gouveia Martins, Anabela Leão, Benedita Mac Crorie, Patrícia Fragoso Martins (org.), University of Porto, 2018, pp. 207-222

“International Refugee Law – Topics of Change”, in AA.VV., International Law and the Use of Force in the 21st Century, Maria Luísa Duarte, Rui Tavares Lanceiro (coordin.), AAFDL Editora, 2018, pp. 253-297

“La Jurisprudence Constitutionnelle Portugaise et les questions qui divisent la societé”, in AA.VV., 40 years d’application de la Constitution Portugaise, Damien Connil, Dimitr Löhrer (coordin.), Institut Universitaire Varenne, Collection Colloques & Essais, 2017 , pp. 169-194 (with Teresa Violante).

Scientific Journals

“Dublin Regulation and the risk of being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment in the responsible Member State”, Justiça Administrativa, No. 139, January / February 2020, pp. 24-50;

“The role of the Judicial Courts in the protection of migrant children – requirements arising from international and European law”, Julgar, no. 37, 2019, pp. 109-142;

“The Transposition and Implementation in Portugal of European Measures to Combat Human Trafficking”, Revista del Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social, no. 135, 2018, pp. 51-74;

“The Role of the Lawyer in Defending the Rights of Persons in Need of International Protection”, Themis, Ano XIX, n.º34, 2018, pp. 7-42;

“The European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the“ Migratory Crisis ”: The Rights of Persons in need for International Protection put to the test”, E-Pública – Revista Eletrónica de Direito Público, vol. 5, no. 2, July 2018, pp. 25-41 ;;

“Family coexistence in cases of regulation and exercise of parental responsibility in the light of the European Court of Human Rights’ case law,” Revista do Ministério Público, no. 53, Jan-Mar. 2018, pp. 61-91;

“The guarantee of Habeas Corpus in the context of the application of a promotion and protection measure for residential care – Commentary on the STJ Judgment of 18/01/2017”, Julgar Online

“The recognition of rights derived from immigration in International and European Law”, Revista del Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social, nº 125, 2016, pp. 15-52;

“Principles of Nationality Law – its consecration in the Portuguese legal system”, O Direito, 142º, 2010, IV, pp. 723-760