Patrícia Branco


Patrícia Branco is a researcher at CES, integrating the Thematic Line 2 - Democracy, Justice and Human Rights. She is a researcher hired under the Scientific Employment Stimulus Program (CEECIND / 00126/2017), with the research projet «FORK. Food, Regulation, Kinship: considerations on contemporary law, families and parenthood through the lenses of food». She holds a PhD in Sociology of Law, within the scope of the "Law, Justice and Citizenship in the 21st century" program, from the University of Coimbra, with the thesis "Courts as spaces for recognition, functionality and access to justice - the case study of the Family and Child Courts in Portugal". Co-coordinates the International Survey of Judges on the Use of Technologies in Courts in Portugal, research that is being carried out by researchers who are part of the International Research Collaborative on Judicial Innovation, with the support of the Law and Society Association. She was a Post-Doctoral fellow, by FCT (Ref. SFRH / BPD / 102236/2014), with the research project "Courts, their communities and citizens: the effectiveness in accessing the law and justice (territorial, spatial and symbolic) of the new reform of the judicial organization ". Former Former Fellow of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Recht als Kultur / Law as Culture", University of Bonn, Germany, where she developed the research project "Into, from and back again: a discussion on courthouse architecture, the image of justice and literature". Her research interests and publications focus on the issue of courthouse architecture and the spaces of justice (s); changes in family, child and youth law, and their relationship with the themes of gender and juvenile delinquency and crime; the relationship between law and the humanities; and, more recently, the connections between food and law.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Branco, Patrícia (2023), Cidadanias e Identidades: uma questão de comidas, in Flavia trentini, Patrícia Branco e Marcos Catalan (org.), Direito e comida: do campo à mesa: cidadania, consumo, saúde e exclusão social. Belo Horizonte: Editora Fórum, 25-46


Trentini, Flavia; Branco, Patrícia; Catalan, Marcos (orgs.) (2023), Direito e comida: do campo à mesa: cidadania, consumo, saúde e exclusão social. Belo Horizonte: Editora Fórum

Article in Scientific journal

Mohr, Richard; Contini, Francesco; Branco, Patrícia (2022), "Norm, normal and disruption: Introductory notes", Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 12, 3, 414-423

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