Patrícia Branco


Patrícia Branco is a researcher at CES and member of the Research Group DECIDe. Post-Doc Fellow (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Ref. SFRH/BPD/102236/2014), with the research project «Tribunais, suas comunidades e cidadãos: a efetividade no acesso ao direito e à justiça (territorial, espacial e simbólico) da nova reforma da organização judiciária». Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Recht als Kultur/Law as Culture", University of Bonn, Germany (January to June 2015). Patrícia obtained her Doctoral degree from the University of Coimbra, the LL.M degree in Legal Theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory in Brussels, and has a Bachelor degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. Patrícia was member of the Research teams in the following Research Projects: "The mutations of the access to law and justice in the European Union - The case study of family law in Portugal" (completed), "The gender of family law and justice - Gender inequality and violence in family law's transformation and in Family Court decisions" (completed), and "Without rights: the (limited) citizenship of illegal immigrants and their access to law and justice in the European Union and Portugal" (completed), and «Female Juvenile Deviance and Crime: the invisibility of the facts, selection and trajectories in the judicial system", all funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. From April 2010 to December 2011 Patrícia Branco was the Principal Investigator in the Project «Courthouse architecture and access to law and justice: the case of family and child courts in Portugal» (completed, and evaluated by the panel with maximum credits), funded by FCT/COMPETE (Ref.: FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-009199). Her current research interests include access to law and justice, in a broad perspective; courthouse architecture, spaces of justice and the administration of justice; the relations between law and the humanities; and the mutations of family and child law and its connections with gender issues. Among her publications: (2017), Naples' Piazza Cavour or the Playground of the Law, in Sarah Marusek e John Brigham (org.), Street-Level Sovereignty. The Intersection of Space and Law. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books, 201-222; (2017, with Nitrato Izzo), "Intersections in Law, Culture and the Humanities", Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 112, 45-72; (2017), "Exploring Justitia Through Éowyn and Niobe: On Gender, Race and the Legal", Liverpool Law Review, Special Issue on Reimagining Justice: Aesthetics and Law, 38, 1, 63-82; (2016), "Courthouses as Spaces of Recognition, Functionality and Access to Law and Justice: A Portuguese Reflection", Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 6, 3, 426-441; (2014), "La justice en trois dimensions: représentations, architectures et rituels", Droit et Société, 87, 485-505;(2010), "On Prisons and Theatres: Santo Stefano and San Carlo ", Law Text Culture; (2009), Justice et architecture: la relation entre accès au droit et architecture judiciaire, in Guillaume Protière (org.), Espaces du Droit et Droit des Espaces. Patrícia Branco is the author of «Os tribunais como espaços de reconhecimento, de funcionalidade e de acesso à justiça» (2015, Vida Económica). She also edited the book «Sociologia do(s) Espaço(s) da Justiça: Diálogos Interdisciplinares» (2013, Almedina).

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Branco, Patrícia (2018), "Considering a Different Model for the Family and Children Courthouse Building. Reflections on the Portuguese Experience", Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 8, 3

Book Chapter

Pedroso, João; Casaleiro, Paula; Branco, Patrícia (2017), Justiça tutelar educativa portuguesa: um século da lei à prática, in Bruno Amaral Machado e Anderson Pereira de Andrade (org.), Justiça Juvenil. Paradigmas e experiências comparadas. São Paulo, Brasil: MARCIAL PONS BRASIL., 406 - 427

Book Chapter

Branco, Patrícia (2017), As múltiplas geografias da justiça no século XXI: algumas reflexões sobre o que é hoje o tribunal no território e no espaço, in Celso Maran de Oliveira (org.), Novos Direitos. A interdisciplinaridade do direito na sociedade contemporânea. São Carlos - SP: CPOI/UFSCAR, 67-90