Alice Vera Cruz

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Maria Alice Rodrigues Vera Cruz de Carvalho (born 1955) is a Santomean jurist who served as President of the country's Supreme Court from 2001.

Cruz was educated in Brazil and became a student of Gilmar Mendes, president of the Supreme Federal Court.[1] She practiced law in Brazil and Portugal.[2]

Cruz was elected president of the Supreme Court of São Tomé and Príncipe in May 2011, making her the first woman to hold the position.[2] In January 2003, Cruz and Prime Minister Maria das Neves successfully mediated a solution after President Fradique de Menezes dissolved the National Assembly.[3]

On 21 November 2008, Cruz was a signatory to the Declaration constituting the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries.[4] As of 2017, she remains a justice on the Supreme Court.[5]


  1. ^ "Parlamentares do Brasil e de São Tomé e Príncipe reúnem-se" (in Portuguese). 180 Graus. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "São Tomé" (in Portuguese). Agencia Angola Presse. 11 May 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ Africa South of the Sahara 2004. Europa Publications. 2003. p. 908.
  4. ^ "Presentation". CJCPLP.
  5. ^ "Supremo Tribunal de Justiça (STJ) tem novo "Juíz-Presidente"". National Radio of Sao Tome and Principe. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.