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» (01/09/2015-28/02/2019). 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.

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Branco, Patrícia (2019), "City/Courthouse Building: A Mirror Game. Examining Connections Between Courthouse Buildings and Location in the Urban Environment", International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, Published online first

Article in Scientific journal

Branco, Patrícia; Casaleiro, Paula; Pedroso, João (2018), "Sociologia do direito made in Portugal: o contributo do CES no panorama nacional", e-cadernos CES, 29, 237-252

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Book Chapter

Branco, Patrícia (2018), Courthouse Architecture as Technology. Some Thoughts on Form vs Function, in Patrícia Branco; Nadirsyah Hosen; Massimo Leone; Richard Mohr (org.), Tools of Meaning. Representation, Objects, and Agency in the Technologies of Law and Religion. Roma: Aracne: I Saggi di Lexia 29, 67-90