Employment and Public Procurement Law

Base Knowledge

It is recommended that students have some basic legal knowledge, at least at the level of introduction to law or of some legal framework.

Teaching Methodologies

Classes will be eminently expository, with the lecture by the teacher accompanied by slides, videos and texts to be discussed in the classroom.

Considering that we are dealing with a CU of the 2nd year of the bachelor’s degree, this implies that there will be some participatory initiative on the part of the students, which will be encouraged by the teacher, namely through questions posed in the classroom, as well as with oral and written reflections . The resolution of practical hypotheses on both sections of the subjects will also be provided.

Learning Results

With this UC, students will acquire skills in two different areas of the Public Sector, although the scope is related to contracts in general.

In the first part of the semester, topics related to labour relations in the public sector will be addressed, where students will learn about the inherent concepts and the implementation of employment relationships.

Due to the material taught, students will be able to analyze the different types of employment relationships and will also be able to distinguish them and relate them to the others existing  types in the Portuguese legal system. They will also be able to recognize the rights and duties of workers in public functions.

In a second phase, students will learn concepts related to the different types of public contracts and their insertion in Public Financial Law.

They will thus be able to recognize the different types of existing public contracts and their relationship with the State budget, without losing sight of the constitutional and legal principles and objectives that pertain to them.


Regarding Public Employment Law

1. Introduction to the legal-labour relationship in the private and public sector

1.1. Labour Law Sources

1.1.1. Brief Analysis of the Labour Code

1.1.2. Introductory analysis of the General Labour Law in Public Functions

1.1.3. The Constitution of the Portuguese Republic; European Union Law and international law

2. The employment relationship

2.1. The employment contract in the Labour Code

2.1.1. Analysis of the objective and subjective scope of the contract

2.1.2. The contracto for provision of services

2.1.3. Workers’ rights and duties

2.2. The legal bond resulting from the General Labour Law in Public Functions

2.2.1. Analysis of the objective and subjective scope of the legal relationship of public employment

2.2.2. Public employment relationship modalities

2.2.3. The formation of the bond

2.2.4. Special modalities of public employment

2.2.5. Rights and Duties of Workers in Public Functions

2.2.6. Powers of the public employer

2.2.7. Mobility

2.2.8. The working time

2.2.9. Time off work – Vacations and absences

2.2.10. Brief analysis of the remuneration system

2.2.11. Brief analysis of disciplinary power

2.2.12. Forms of termination of the labour bond


Regarding Public Contracting Law

1. Introduction to the concept of public procurement

1.1. Sources of public procurement law

1.1.1. The Constitution of the Portuguese Republic

1.1.2. The Public Contracts Code and related legislation

1.1.3. European Union Law – Original Law and Secondary Law

1.1.4. The jurisprudence of national and European Courts

2. Contract formation phase

2.1. The decision to hire

2.2. Contracting entities and contracting bodies

2.3. The jury of the procedure

2.4. The conclusion of the contract

3. Types of procedures and selection criteria

3.1. Procedures for the formation of contracts

3.2. Choice of procedure and contract value

3.3. Choice of procedure based on material criteria

4. Procedural procedure

4.1. Negotiated contract

4.2. The prior consultation

4.3. The public tender

4.4. Restricted procedure by prior qualification

4.5. Competitive procedure with negotiation

4.6. Competitive dialogue

4.7. Innovation Partnership


Curricular Unit Teachers




– Alves, Luís/Caldeira, Marco, Revista de Direito Administrativo, “Re (Organização do Emprego Público”, n.º 4, 2023

– Amado, João Leal, Contrato de Trabalho – Noções Básicas, 3.ª Edição, Coimbra: Almedina, 2021;

– Amado, João Leal, et alli, Direito do Trabalho – Relação Individual, Coimbra: Almedina, 2019;

– Amaral, Diogo Freitas do, Curso de Direito Administrativo, Vols. 1 e 2, Coimbra: Almedina, 2018;

– Andrade, José Carlos Vieira de, A Justiça Administrativa, Coimbra: Almedina, 2018;

– Carvalho, Aleida Vaz de, A Relação Jurídica de Emprego Público, Lisboa: Gestlegal, 2021;

– Fonseca, Isabel Celeste, “O posto de trabalho e a mobilidade concorrencial como instrumentos jurídicos de tutela dos direitos do trabalhador público”, in: Trabalho em funções públicas em tempos de crise: que direito(s)?: Atas das I Jornadas de direito do emprego público / [coordenadora];

– Gonçalves, Pedro Costa – Direito dos Contratos Públicos, Coimbra: Almedina, 2023;

– Magalhães, Filipa Matias, Manual do Emprego Público, Vida Económica, 2018;

– Mealha, Esperança, Jurisprudência Recente do TJUE sobre contratação pública, in Revista Julgar, n.º35,Maio/Agosto de 2018, Coimbra: Almedina;

– Neves, AF – “O direito de negociação coletiva dos trabalhadores públicos no direito europeu”, in Estudos em Homenagem ao Professor Doutor Carlos Pamplona Corte-Real, Almedina, 2016, pp. 451-476;

– Pimentel, Francisco, Regime Jurídico das Férias, Faltas e Licenças dos Trabalhadores com Vínculo de Emprego Público, Almedina, 2016

– Sánchez, Pedro Férnandez, Estudos sobre ContratosPúblicos, Lisboa: AAFDL, 2019;

– Tavares, Gonçalo Guerra, Comentário ao Código dos Contratos Públicos, Coimbra: Almedina, 2019.