Areas of Practice

Fundamental Rights

Recent years have seen a significant increase in litigation related to the protection of fundamental rights, as well as to the area of freedom, security and justice, both before national courts as well as before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.

Much of this increase finds its raison d'être in the transformations following from migratory crises, terrorism, financial sector instability, the digital age and big data and their impact on privacy, and even from the ever-increasing fines imposed by the European Commission and by national authorities, in particular in the field of Competition Law.

These transformations have been accompanied by the adoption of an important set of new rules, and by the development of an increasingly rich and complex body of jurisprudence.

Cruz Vilaça Advogados seeks to address the challenges our societies face in defending and consolidating the rule of law and democracy in Europe. Our lawyers provide legal advice to individuals, companies and organizations wishing to enforce and promote fundamental rights, including within the context of administrative proceedings or court proceedings.

"The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail."

Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union

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