I am currently working on the history of corruption and anti-corruption campaigns in the late Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the measures carried out by royal power in Portugal to restrain administrative and judicial corruption, from the middle of the thirteenth century until the end of the fifteenth century. I will then compare those measures with efforts by the Church and the royal governments of Castile, France, and England to tackle corruption in their administrations and justice systems. My postdoctoral research is part of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption.
I graduated in 2006 with a BA in History from the University of Porto and concluded my PhD at the same university in 2013. My doctoral research was about legal culture in Portugal from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries, especially the influence of the medieval Romano-canonical ius commune on the administration of justice, litigation and the relationship between different jurisdictions and political powers. The contribution of legal culture to the political relations between Church and Crown in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries remains a very great interest of mine.