Maria Lúcia Amaral was born in Angola on June 10, 1957. She is Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa and was member (April 2007-July 2016) and vice-President of the Portuguese Constitutional Court.
She dedicated her academic life to the study and teaching of Public law, in particular of Constitutional law. She is the author of several studies in this specific field of knowledge, being member of international scientific associations that are dedicated to this field.
She was elected Ombudsman by the Assembly of the Republic on October 20th, 2017 and took office on the 2nd November of that year.
Read her inauguration speech here.