Portugal

Portugal is a European country on the Iberian Peninsula, and is the westernmost sovereign state in Europe. It’s one of the oldest European states and the oldest in the Peninsula. It has been invaded by Pre-Celts, the Celts, Romans and Carthaginians, among other civilizations throughout its history. The country was established under the Christian Reconquista. Although the country attempted to gain independence multiple times, it wasn’t until the Battle of São Mamede in 1128, that Portugal was able to declare itself a sovereign state.

Portugal is a member of the United Nations and European Union. It’s also one of the founding members of the OECD,  NATO, and is considered an advanced economy with high standards of living. Portugal ranks highly in democratic freedom, LGBTI rights, prosperity, ease of doing business, and freedom of the press, among other areas.

Since its constitution was ratified in 1976, Portugal has been a  semi-presidential representative democratic republic. Separation of Powers is granted to four parties under the Constitution, which include the Court, President of the Republic, the Government, and Assembly of the Republic. The president is elected to a five-year term, and serves as head of state. The Prime Minister serves as head of government. Portugal maintains a 13-member Constitutional Court , which oversees the legal system. The  Assembly of the Republic is the Parliamentary body in Portugal, situated in Lisbon.

The legal system, known as the continental family legal system, includes the Penal Code of Portugal and Portuguese Civil Code. The Civil Procedure and Commercial Code are also relevant laws which govern the country. The Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Justice are the highest courts in Portugal, which is headed by the Attorney General. In 1884, Portugal became the first country to abolish life imprisonment, imposing a maximum jail sentence of up to 25 years. In 2001, the country also decriminalized use of all common drugs, becoming the first country in the world to do so. Cocaine, cannabis, LCD, and heroine are among the drugs which the country decriminalized at this point.

The expert attorney authors at the National Law Review cover news and information from Portugal, Europe, and its international affairs. Data security, GDPR, international merger and acquisition deals, chemical and environmental topics, and other areas of law.

Date Title Organization
21
Dec
Portugal | Resident Permit Appointments Unavailable Berry Appleman & Leiden
5
Dec
Portugal | Immigration Documents Automatically Extended Berry Appleman & Leiden
4
Dec
Portugal | New Immigration Agency AIMA Established Berry Appleman & Leiden
14
Nov
European Citizens Sue States for Breach of Human Rights Resulting from Failure to Take Stronger Climate Action Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
2
Oct
Update: Portugal Ends Real Estate Investment Visa Program Greenberg Traurig, LLP
17
Feb
Portugal Announces Upcoming Suspension of Golden Visa Program Greenberg Traurig, LLP
4
Jan
Updates to the E Visa: New Residency Requirements and Portuguese Nationals Eligible Greenberg Traurig, LLP
21
Dec
Omnibus Spending Bill Adds Portugal to List of E-1/E-2 Treaty Countries, New E Visa Requirement Jackson Lewis P.C.
29
Sep
European Commission Greenlights Second Important Project of Common European Interest in The Hydrogen Value Chain K&L Gates
18
Jul
Commission Approves State Aid For IPCEI In Hydrogen K&L Gates
23
Aug
LNG In Europe 2021: Current Trends, The European LNG Landscape And Country Focus Bracewell LLP
8
Jun
Global Employment Law Update - Part 5:Mauritius to Portugal McDermott Will & Emery
10
May
Portugal Puts Halt on Data Transfers Between INE and Cloudflare Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
28
Apr
Portuguese DPA Orders Suspension of U.S. Data Transfers by Agency That Relied on SCCs Hunton Andrews Kurth
15
Jul
U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the Schengen Area Expand the National Interest Exemption Beginning on July 15 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
6
Jul
The European Union Reopens its Borders, but Bars Travelers from the United States Foley & Lardner LLP
2
Jun
Agreement Not To Poach Footballers Could Be In Breach Of Competition Rules Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
22
Dec
ESMA Publishes AMP Annual Report Katten
9
Aug
Lawsuit Against Pace Gallery Owners Over Agnes Martin Works Dismissed & Other Art World Headlines Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
19
Feb
GDPR Enforcement: Portugal Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
4
Jan
Privacy Lawyer on Recent Data Protection Developments Hinch Newman LLP
26
Oct
Portuguese Hospital Receives and Contests 400,000 € Fine for GDPR Infringement Covington & Burling LLP
13
Sep
3D Printing Continues Making Inroads in Auto Industry Foley & Lardner LLP
23
May
Higher Fines for Gun Jumping in Mergers – The European Commission’s Continued Emphasis on Procedural Merger Compliance Covington & Burling LLP
6
Mar
Changes announced to 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
12
Feb
The Hague System for the Registration of International Design Rights Welcomes Russia Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
14
May
European Commission Gives Portugal Two Months To Address Issues With Biofuel Law Compliance Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
17
Feb
European Bank Resolutions – Trust Regulators, but Keep Your Powder Dry Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
21
Jan
Your Printing Paper Could Get A Lot More Expensive Faegre Drinker
15
Dec
European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Reviews Supervisory Practices on MiFID Investor Information Katten
 

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