Constitutional / Constitutionnelle
Assistant Professor at the Law School - University of Lisbon
This chronicle examines the jurisprudence of the Portuguese Constitutional Court in 2008. We intend to analyse if, during this year, the jurisprudence of the Portuguese Constitutional Court followed the same guidelines of the past or if it changed some of its orientations. We conclude that the Constitutional Court introduced some new orientations but without causing serious breaks with the past. In new matters or issues that still raise considerable doubts, the Court, with a renewed composition, intended to assert its own views. However, in general, the Court decided to maintain its well-established case law. Between these two poles, subsists a point of tension related to the object of the control of the constitutionality (court’s decisions or legal provisions).