Constitutional and Electoral Law

Lato-Sensu Graduate Course in Constitutional and Electoral Law


This course is offered through an agreement with FADEP


This Specialization Course is certified by USP and classes are held at the Law School of Ribeirão Preto building in the USP Campus in Ribeirão Preto. It is coordinated by professors Prof. Assoc. Rubens Beçak (email: and Prof. Dr. Cristina Godoy Bernardo de Oliveira (email: and organized by FADEP.


Contact information:



Phone: +55 16 997776050


General information:


  • For information on the course, call +55 16 997776050 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1pm to 7pm) or send a WhatsApp message.
  • Classes will be held on Saturdays, once every two weeks, from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
  • The total investment for participation in this course is R$17.820,00, which can be paid in up to 18 installments of R$990,00. The first installment must be paid when registering and the following seventeen in the 10th day of each following month.
  • The Selection Process for Remaining Slots will happen via curricular analysis. Therefore, the candidate must email their CV to, with the email subject of “Vagas Remanescentes” and wait for a response in up to one business day.


Modules, program contents and teaching staff


Module 1 – The State and Constitutional Systems (108h)

  • The State and History
  • Public Law and the State
  • Constitutionalism and the British constitutional system
  • Constitutionalism and the American constitutional system
  • Constitutionalism and the Portuguese constitutional system
  • The Constitution and Constitutionalism
  • The Constitution-making Power and the making of the Constitution
  • Constitutional norms’ sources and the Structure of Constitutional Norms
  • Interpretation, Integration and Application of the Constitutional Norms


Module 2 – The Constitution and Constitutional Structure

  • Brazilian Constitutions
  • Forms of State and Government Systems
  • Federalism in Brazil and the Homeland Executive Power
  • Judiciary Power and Legislative Power
  • Fundamental Rights: historical evolution, formation, principles, concepts and categories


Module 3 – Electoral Law and Citizenship

  • The State and the Political Community
  • Citizenship and Democracy
  • Political Power
  • Territory and State
  • Introduction to Electoral Law
  • Individual Electoral Rights
  • Political Parties
  • Political Systems and Elections
  • Propaganda, Campaign Financing and Accountability


Module 4 – Electoral Process (48h)

  • Electoral Process and Proceedings
  • Criminal Electoral Law and Criminal Electoral Procedure
  • Electoral Actions
  • Electoral Resources


Module 5 – Higher Education Methodology (36h)

  • Scientific Research Methodology applied to Constitutional and Electoral Law
  • Scientific papers preparation and writing techniques
  • Case Study Methodology


Module 6 – Monography (60h)


The total workload is 360 hours, as well as a mandatory monography.


Teaching staff:

  • Assoc. Alessandro Hirata (USP)
  • Dra. Ana Carolina Cavalcanti de Albuquerque (UniCEUB)
  • Dra. Cristina Godoy Bernardo de Oliveira (USP)
  • Dr. Daniel Gustavo Falcão Pimentel dos Reis (USP)
  • Dr. Eduardo Saad Diniz (USP)
  • Dr. Evandro Fabiani Capano (Mackenzie)
  • Dr. Gustavo Assed Ferreira (USP)
  • Dr. Jonathan Hernandes Marcantonio (USP)
  • Ms. José de Castro Meira (ex-Ministro do STJ e do TSE)
  • Dra. Juliana Oliveira Domingues (USP)
  • Assoc. Monica Herman Salem Caggiano (USP)
  • Assoc. Rubens Beçak (USP)


Course objectives:

The main objectives of this course revolve around enabling a better understanding of the legal scene regarding Constitutional and Electoral Law in a critical and interdisciplinary perspective:


  • To allow students to build a profound comprehension regarding the concepts and theoretical constructs about Constitutional and Electoral Law in an international, regional and national perspective
  • To evaluate how Constitutional and Electoral Law themes relate to the philosophical and historical context
  • To understand the dynamics of Constitutional and Electoral Law in a national scope
  • To enable participants to structure a scientific research paper and facilitate future publication of this research paper as well as future pieces that may contribute to legal debates related to Constitutional and Electoral Law
  • To have a group of professionals with sufficient legal knowledge to practice law with excellence
  • For complementary activities, teachers will conduct case studies after lectures and an analysis on possible legal measures for solving issues related to current Constitutional and Electoral Law matters.


Target audience:

  • University graduates in any field who aim to improve their career, improve their knowledge on this legal field or work in public administration sectors or in private offices
  • Lawyers, Judges, State Prosecutors and other Law professionals
  • Recently graduated people or those who are looking to further their studies in Constitutional Law and Electoral Law


Felipe Augusto B M Costa

Phone: +55 16 3315-9128