Francisca Van Dunem
Francisca Van Dunem is the Minister of Justice of the XXI Constitutional Government of Portugal, since November 2015. Born in Luanda, in 1955, she graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon in 1977 and became Public Prosecutor in 1979.
Francisca Van Dunem was a Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law teaching assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon from 1977 to 1979 and worked in the Anti-Corruption High Authority from 1985 to 1987.
As a Public Prosecutor she held positions in the Labour Court, the Criminal Court and the Lisbon Public Prosecutor’s Office. She was a member of the Portuguese Attorney General’s Cabinet, from 1999 to 2001.
For several years she was a member of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Crime Problems, and of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, too.
From 2003 to 2007, Van Dunem was also a member of the European Judicial Network in criminal affairs and served as representative of the Portuguese Public Prosecutors’ High Council in the Criminal Reform Unit, and as member of the committee for the 2009 reform of the Portuguese Code of Criminal Procedure. She directed the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of Lisbon, until taking office as Attorney General to the Lisbon District in 2007.
Francisca Van Dunem is a Supreme Court Judge in work leave to serve as Portuguese Minister of Justice.