PRESENTATION

The Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CJCPLP) is made up of the Constitutional Courts of Angola, Cape Verde and Portugal, the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil, the Supreme Courts of Justice of Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe, the Constitutional Council of Mozambique, and the Court of Appeal of Timor-Leste.

The Declaration constituting the Conference was signed in Brasilia on 21 November 2008 by the Presidents of the bodies with constitutional jurisdiction in each of the Portuguese-speaking countries: Gilmar Mendes, Supreme Federal Court of Brazil; Rui Constantino Ferreira, Constitutional Court of Angola; Benfeito Mosso Ramos, Supreme Court of Justice of Cape Verde; Maria do Céu Silva Monteiro, Supreme Court of Justice of Guinea Bissau; Rui Baltazar dos Santos Alves, Constitutional Council of Mozambique; Rui Moura Ramos, Constitutional Court of Portugal; Maria Alice Rodrigues Vera Cruz de Carvalho, Supreme Court of Justice of São Tomé and Príncipe; and Maria Natércia Gusmão Pereira, representing the President of the Court of Appeal of Timor-Leste.

The Conference’s Articles of Association were approved at its first Assembly, which met in Lisbon on 20 and 21 May 2010. They were signed by or on behalf of the Presidents of the bodies with constitutional jurisdiction in the Portuguese-speaking countries: Onofre dos Santos, representing the President of the Constitutional Court of Angola; António Cezar Peluso, Supreme Federal Court of Brazil; Arlindo Almeida Medina, Supreme Court of Justice of Cape Verde; Maria do Céu Silva Monteiro, Supreme Court of Justice of Guinea Bissau; Luís António Mondlane, Constitutional Council of Mozambique; Rui Moura Ramos, Constitutional Court of Portugal; Silvestre da Fonseca Leite, Supreme Court of Justice of São Tomé and Príncipe; and Cláudio de Jesus Ximenes, Court of Appeal of Timor-Leste.

Under its Articles the CJCPLP is an organisation for judicial, jurisprudential and scientific cooperation, with the goals of promoting human rights and defending democracy and judicial independence and of deepening a common constitutional culture among the Portuguese-speaking nations.

The Conference’s seat is always in the country that has been chosen to organise the next Assembly, which also holds the rotating presidency for two years at a time.