Paula Teixeira da Cruz

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Paula Teixeira da Cruz
Minister of Justice
Assumed office
21 June 2011
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho
Preceded by Alberto Martins
President of the Municipal Assembly of Lisbon
In office
Mayor Carmona Rodrigues
António Costa
Preceded by António Modesto Navarro
Succeeded by Simonetta Luz Afonso
Personal details
Born Paula Maria von Hafe Teixeira da Cruz
(1960-06-01) 1 June 1960 (age 54)
Luanda, Portuguese Angola
Political party Social Democratic Party (1995–present)
Spouse(s) Paulo Teixeira Pinto (1984–2008)
Children 1 daughter, 1 son (deceased)
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer

Paula Maria von Hafe Teixeira da Cruz (Luanda, Portuguese Angola, June 1, 1960) is a Portuguese lawyer and politician. She has served since June 21, 2011, as Minister of Justice in the government led by Pedro Passos Coelho.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola in 1960. Her father was Augusto Teixeira da Cruz and her mother was Maria Susana Castanho von Hafe, whose father was a German.

Lefting Angola in 1975 due to the events of the Carnation Revolution (1974) she attended Liceu Padre António Vieira, in Lisbon, Portugal[2] and graduated in law at the Universidade Livre de Lisboa in 1983. Until 1987, she taught in the same university, as well in the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, as assistant of Administrative law. She ministered the same course at Instituto de Estudos Superiores Financeiros e Fiscais, between 1991 and 1992.

Lawyer since 1992, she had an office in Garrett Street, in Lisbon.[3] In 2006 she joined F. Castelo Branco & Associados, where she coordinated the Department of Public, Administrative and Environmental Law. She's also arbiter at Centro de Mediação, Peritagens e Arbitragens Voluntárias do Conselho Nacional de Profissões Liberais. She was a member of Conselho Superior da Magistratura (Superior Council of Magistracy, 2003–2005), of General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (2002–2005) and of Superior Council of the Public Ministry (1999–2003).[4] She's a member of the Association for the Advancement of Law[5] and the Abraço Association (association of support to people with HIV/AIDS) along with Paula Policarpo, José Amaral Lopes and Margarida Martins.

Career as politician[edit]

Paula Teixeira da Cruz is a member of Social Democratic Party since 1995. She was as councilwoman in Lisbon (1998–2002) and President of the Municipal Assembly of Lisbon (2005–2009).

She is vice-president of the National Committee of the Social Democratic Party under the leadership of Pedro Passos Coelho, position she also held between 2005 and 2006, under the leadership of Luís Marques Mendes.

After 2011 elections she was appointed as Minister of Justice in the new coalition government.

Personal life[edit]

Paula Teixeira da Cruz is divorced since October 1, 2008, from the businessman and former CEO of Banco Comercial Português Paulo Teixeira Pinto, whom she married in 1984 and with whom she had a daughter, Catarina, born in 1984, and a son, Paulo Guilherme, born in 1986, who died in November 1, 2008.

She is a supporter of drug liberalization, same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption.

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