Name: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
Occupation: President of the Portuguese Republic
Fields of Expertise: Legal and political Sciences; Law; International Relations; Politics;
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is the current President of the Portuguese Republic. He has a Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, with a mark of 19/20 and completed a PhD in Legal and Political Sciences in 1985 with Distinction and Commendation awarded by unanimous decision. Marcelo is a tenured Professor since 1992. After beginning his teaching career in the area of Legal and Political Sciences, he was in charge of the main disciplines of the Legal and Political Science Group and presided the scientific and pedagogical boards and the Institute of Legal and Political Sciences of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. Marcelo was also a Professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences and at the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was one of the founders of the People’s Democratic Party, later the Social Democratic Party, and was party leader from 1996 to 1999. His political career led him to be the President of the Municipal Assembly of Cascais, local councillor and leader of the opposition in the Town Hall of Lisbon and President of the Municipal Assembly of Celorico de Basto. He was also the Vice-President of the European People’s Party, of which the Social Democratic Party is a member. He has been Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, and a member of the Council of State (2000-2001 and 2006-2016).
He has been a regular political commentator since the 1960s, first in the press and later on radio and television. He was a member of the committee that drew up the first Press Law and was involved in founding the Expresso and Semanário newspapers, where he held management roles.
Marcelo has chaired or has been a member of the managing bodies of several associations, social solidarity institutions and the Santa Casa da Misericórdia of São Bento de Arnóia, a member of the Managing Council and Chairman of the Board of the Casa de Bragança Foundation and curator at the National Museum of Ancient Art and the Vieira da Silva-Arpad Szenes and António Quadros Foundations and the patron of the Celorico de Basto public library.
He received the Commendation of the Order of Saint James of the Sword from former President of the Republic Mário Soares and the Grand Cross of the Order of Henry the Navigator from former President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio.