Universiteit Leiden

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Luisa -Pinto E Netto

Assistant professor

Dr. L.C. -Pinto E Netto LLM
+31 71 527 2727

Luísa Netto joined the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University in 2023, after having worked for over a year at Utrecht University.

More information about Luisa -Pinto E Netto

Luísa had initially come to the Netherlands in 2019 to carry out post-doctoral research at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), on the right to science, guided by Professor Yvonne Donders. She joined the University of Leiden in 2020, likewise for a post-doctoral research fellowship supervised by Professor Wim Voermans.

Luísa comes from Brazil, where she previously worked for more than 20 years as a state attorney for the State of Minas Gerais. She was active in the consultancy and in the litigation sector, dealing with demands relating to constitutional and administrative law, public services, public contracts, administrative procedures, citizens' rights in face of the Administration, and rights of public servants. Simultaneously, she taught administrative law at the Pontífica Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais.

Luísa defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Lisbon in 2015, supervised by Professor Sérvulo Correia. The dissertation – The openness of the fundamental rights system of the constitutional state – dealt with the configuration of the system of fundamental rights and explored its evolutionary capacity, especially to receive new rights. The dissertation is one of many publications dedicated to fundamental rights, with an emphasis on rights in administrative relations and fundamental social rights, which Luísa published within the Portuguese-speaking community.

In her academic activity at Leiden University, Luísa dedicates herself to teaching, especially constitutional law for bachelor's and master's degrees. Regarding research activity, having settled in the Netherlands, her investigative interests are related to the role of fundamental rights in the Dutch constitutional order, and the constant need to inquire the evolutionary potential of fundamental rights. In this sense, she is dedicated to deepening her research into new rights and reinterpretations of existing rights to face the urgent societal and environmental challenges.

Luísa participates in the activities of the International Society for Public Law – ICON-S, being part of the Community and Engagement Committee, with which she develops pro bono activities aimed at promoting inclusivity and diversity in the academic world.

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Staats- en Bestuursrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden


  • ICON-S International Society of Public Law I am a member of the Committee on Community and Engagement.
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