The Feminization of the Judiciary in Portugal: Dilemmas and Paradoxes

15 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2014

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Madalena Duarte

Universidade de Coimbra - Permanent Observatory on Portuguese Justice

Paula Fernando

Universidade de Coimbra - Centre for Social Studies (CES)

Conceição Gomes

Universidade de Coimbra

Ana Oliveira

Universidade de Coimbra - Permanent Observatory on Portuguese Justice

Date Written: January 31, 2014

Abstract

In recent decades, a significant transformation in the legal professions has been its increasing feminization. However, if in other countries we can find relevant studies on this subject, the gender variable is rarely taken into account in Portugal, except through intuitive and non-scientific processes and discourses that often produce bias and where female judges and public prosecutors have no voice.

This article aims to contribute to filling in this empirical lacuna and, based on a survey of the Portuguese population and on interviews with judges and public prosecutors in Portugal, to analyse the existing views on the feminization of justice and female judging.

Keywords: feminization of justice, legal professions, gender, Judiciary in Portugal

Suggested Citation

Duarte, Madalena and Fernando, Paula and Gomes, Conceição and Oliveira, Ana, The Feminization of the Judiciary in Portugal: Dilemmas and Paradoxes (January 31, 2014). Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, p. 29-43, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2395181

Madalena Duarte (Contact Author)

Universidade de Coimbra - Permanent Observatory on Portuguese Justice ( email )

Apartado 3087
Coimbra, 3000-995
Portugal

Paula Fernando

Universidade de Coimbra - Centre for Social Studies (CES) ( email )

Coimbra
Portugal

Conceição Gomes

Universidade de Coimbra ( email )

Avenida Dias da Silva, 165
Coimbra, Coimbra 3001-454
Portugal

Ana Oliveira

Universidade de Coimbra - Permanent Observatory on Portuguese Justice ( email )

Apartado 3087
Coimbra, 3000-995
Portugal

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