José Manuel Cardoso da Costa is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Law, Coimbra University, where he was an assistant, researcher and Visiting Cathedratic Professor. Whilst there, Prof. Cardoso da Costa taught and performed research on Constitutional Law, Fiscal Law and International Public Law. Prof. Cardoso da Costa also taught in several other institutions, particularly at the Porto School’s Law Faculty at Lisbon’s Catholic University, from its inception.
Prof. Cardoso da Costa was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tübingen University (Germany, 1994).
Member of the Constitutional Commission (1981-1983), José Manuel Cardoso da Costa was a judge of the Constitutional Court from 1983, and its President between 1989 and 2002.
Prof. Cardoso da Costa was a member of the Centre of Fiscal Studies (1973-1975), the Portuguese full member of the Commission for the Democracy of Law (Venice Commission) of the European Council (2003-2007) and is currently member of the Superior Council of Magistrates, appointed by the President of the Republic; a position he has filled since 2011.
Prof. Cardoso da Costa was Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL-AIDC), of which he remains Honorary President, and he is the President of the Portuguese Association of Constitutional Law. He is founder and member of the Centre of Bioethical Studies (Coimbra).
Prof. Cardoso da Costa has chaired the Bissaya Barreto Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2015, and currently chairs the Inês de Castro Foundation’s General Council, both in Coimbra.
Prof. Cardoso da Costa has authored several works and articles related to his specialised field.