Francisca Van Dunem

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Francisca Van Dunem (5 November 1955, Luanda, Angola) is a Portuguese lawyer. Since 2001 she is the director of the Lisbon public prosecution service.


She has a law degree, Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon, awarded in 1977. She was subject to competitive examination for the Portuguese public prosecutor's office in 1979.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Her most relevant professional activities included judicial activities such as trainee deputy public prosecutor (Lisbon and Loures courts) (1979-1980); deputy public prosecutor (Lisbon labour court) (1980-1983); deputy public prosecutor (Lisbon criminal court) (1983-1985); deputy public prosecutor (Lisbon public prosecution service) (1987-1989); member of the Principal State Prosecutor's private law firm (1989-2001); and Deputy Principal State Prosecutor, Director of the Lisbon public prosecution service (since 2001).[1]

Personal life[edit]

She was born in 1955 in Luanda, then the capital of the Portuguese Overseas Province of Angola. She went to Lisbon in the early 1970s in order to study law at the University of Lisbon. In April 1974, the Portuguese Estado Novo regime was overthrown by a leftist military coup and in 1975 Angola become a newly independent communist country - the People's Republic of Angola. In 1977 she was awarded her law degree. Her brother José Van Dunem was murdered in a purge occurred in Agostinho Neto's post-independence Angola that same year. Francisca didn't return to Angola and pursued a family life and a professional career in Portugal. She is married and has one son. They live in Greater Lisbon area.