RITA NOGUEIRA RAMOS

Lawyer since 1993

Education / Academic Qualification:

Applied Law, in the area of Juridical Studies, by the Faculty of Law under the University of Lisbon, with Post-graduation in European Studies by the Faculty of Law under the University of Lisbon, 1992.

Humanitarian Centered Education: Specialist on Migration, Luso American Foundation of Development (2000); UNHCR Consultant PARinAC (Partnership in Action) weekly meetings with UNHCR to create a mechanism of consultation, exchange and information with Governmental Authorities/NGOs related to refugees (1995-1998) under humanitarian crises.

Lecturer in courses on “Refugees and Asylum Law”, promoted by ELENA (European Legal Network on Asylum) and ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles), in Prague, Czech Republic Courses on Refugees and Asylum Law, Strasbourg; Colloquy, under “The Principle of Contradictory in the Proceedings for determination of Refugee

Status”; Course on Commercial Law “La Place de l’Europe dans le Commerce Mondial, Luxembourg, 1994); Annual Congress Europäisches Forum Alpbach (E.F.A.), Austria, under the theme “Europe in Construction: Dialogue with the Iberian Countries”, 1996.

Professional Experience:

Lawyer since March 1993 until today, with experience in the following areas of Law: European Law, Real Estate; Civil Law, Migration; Labor Law and Disciplinary Proceedings; Family Law and Custody of Minor Children; Commercial Law; Transportation Law; Companies; Business Law; and Human Rights, mainly liaised with Embassies and multinational groups; Chambers of Commerce and Foreign sector. UNHCR Consultant for Portugal; Trainer of the Aliens and Borders Service of Portugal (SEF) (from 1997 to 2003); Lecturer for the Course of International Studies at the;

University of Coimbra, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001

Lecturer in the Lawyers Bar Associations of Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra, in 7 courses for

Trainee Lawyers, with the duration of 40 hours each, since 1997.

Member of the Working Group created by the Portuguese Government within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), to prepare the redaction of the Law of Asylum and Refugees; Head Officer of the Juridical Cabinet of the Portuguese Refugee Council, with responsibilities of team coordination, juridical support, international liaison, liaison with the UNHCR as operation partner of this entity, advocacy, elaboration of advisory opinions, reports and internal and external training (1994-2000).

Soroptimist Curriculum

1st Vice President of Soroptimist International of Europe 2019-2021.

President of the Portuguese Union of Soroptimist International 2017-2019.

Vice-President of the Portuguese Union of Soroptimist International 2015-2017.

Charter President of Soroptimist International Club Lisboa Caravela  2012-2014.

Languages

Portuguese – Mother tongue

English – Fluent

French – Average understanding, speaking, and writing.

Hobbies  

 Swimming, Cooking, Traveling, but most of all volunteering.

Human Rights & Gender Equality

My role as VP of SIE has provided learning tools to shape sustainable and equitable societies and unlocking diversity and inclusion Our SIE voices, pushing factor, model role as women & network are crucial. HUMAN RIGHTS have played an important role in my career as External Consultant of the United Nations UNHCR (High Commissioner for Refugees) and as Member of Working Group created by the Portuguese Government within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI).