LISBON, JUNE 13, 2019

Helena P. de Melo - Portugal
NOVA University Lisbon

Helena Pereira de Melo is a Professor of Constitutional Law, Health Law and Bioethics, and Associate Professor of NOVA Law Faculty, at the NOVA University Lisbon. She is also a Lecturer in the European Master’s degree program in Human Rights and Democratization organized by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization. 

She graduated in Law from Coimbra University and completed her postgraduate degree in European Studies from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon in 1991. She then pursued her Master’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University, in 1996. Afterwards, she obtained her Doctor of Law degree from the NOVA Law Faculty, at the NOVA University Lisbon, in 2005. Helena is recognized as an expert in the field of law and biology in Portugal. At the NOVA University Lisbon, she has been awarded the regency of the disciplines of Health and Bioethics Law, Constitutional Law, Social Equality Law and Public Law. Other disciplines in which she has taught include International Humanitarian Law, Public International Law and Portuguese Constitutional Law. She is President of the Association for the Study of Bio Law and Vice-President of the Portuguese Bioethics Association.

Helena Pereira de Melo is the author of several books and has published numerous articles in national and international magazines. She has been addressing the topics of advance directives of will, bioethics, biolaw, cloning, embryonic stem cells, genetics, interventions on the human genome, nanotechnology, rights of sick persons, and cloning.