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Bureau of Documentation and Comparative Law


The Documentation and Comparative Law Office (GDDC) was established in 1980 through Decree law 388/80, of 22 September. It operates under the Prosecutor General’s Office, providing expert advice in matters relating to international cooperation, human rights, legal information and international relations.

Under Article 48 (1) of Act 60/98, of 27 August (Statute of the Public Prosecution Service), it is incumbent upon GDDC to, inter alia: provide legal advice, collect, process and disseminate legal information, particularly in the areas of European law, foreign law and international law; carry out studies and disseminate information on comparative law systems; cooperate in the organisation and processing of documents issued by international organisations; assist the Public Prosecution Service within the framework of international judicial and legal cooperation; take part in international meetings and support the country's representatives to International organisations; and cooperate in disseminating the Portuguese legal system abroad, namely among Member States of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries.

Under the Act on International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters (Act 144/99, of 31 August) the GDDC shall also provide information on Portuguese law applicable within the framework of criminal proceedings as requested by a foreign judicial authority, or on foreign law as requested by a Portuguese judicial authority (Article 161). Furthermore, GDDC is the national body appointed under the European Convention on Information on Foreign Law to receive and transmit information on foreign and domestic law.

In accordance with the above, GDDC provides legal information and expert advice on national, foreign and international law, namely in the areas of international judicial cooperation and human rights, to the Public Prosecution Service and other relevant national, foreign or international judicial or other entities.

Services dealing with the reception, transmission and further handling of requests for international judicial cooperation in criminal matters, which the Prosecutor-General’s Office is the appointed Central Authority for, under Article 21 (1) of Act 144/99, of 31 August, operate next to GDDC. The Office also collects information, sets up databases and undertakes education and training activities in its areas of competence.

The organisation and staffing of GDDC are provided for under Decree law 388/80, of 22 September (Article 48 (2) of the Statute of the Public Prosecution Service), whose Article 4 establishes that the Director shall be appointed by the High Council of the Public Prosecution Service, upon Prosecutor General’s proposal, from among Public Prosecution magistrates.