Teresa Violante is the Chairperson of the Estoril Conferences. Born in Luanda, Angola, she studied Law at the University of Coimbra and went on to pursue her academic career, completing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Padova and several postgraduate degrees. Violante is currently a research fellow at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, and a visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Germany. Her research topics concern the role of courts in contexts of transnational solidarity conflicts, explicitly focusing on the interactions between courts and legislatures.
Violante has worked as a lawyer specializing on Administrative and Competition Law, and as a law clerk at the Portuguese Constitutional Court. Simultaneously, she became a regular lecturer at Nova Law School and pursued her research at CEDIS – Research Center of Law and Society at Nova Law School.
Violante has published extensively on constitutional law in several academic journals such as the European Constitutional Law Review, Quaderni Constituzionali, and Penn State International Law Review. From 2015 to 2018, Violante coordinated the research project “The Judicial Impact of the Crisis: An Analysis of the Adjudication in a Context of Financial and Economic Crisis”, promoted by the Foundation Francisco Manuel dos Santos