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Maria João Melícias

Maria João Melícias

Member of the Board, Portuguese Competition Authority, Portugal

Maria João Melícias is member of the Board of the AdC since May 12, 2014. Prior to her appointment, she was a "référendaire" at the Court of Justice of the European Union, in Luxembourg. Between 1999 and 2012, she was a legal practitioner, specialising in EU and Competition Law, as Associate lawyer and Senior Associate of PLMJ's antitrust practice, in Lisbon, the law firm where she had also trained. She holds a law degree from Lisbon University School of Law, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Trade Regulation from New York University, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in EU Competition Law from King's College London and a postgraduate diploma in Competition Law, also from King's College.

She was awarded the Franz T. Diersen Prize by New York University, for distinction in her LL.M programme, having also been a research assistant at that university.

She was a member of the Portuguese Association of European Law (APDE), the Competition Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Circle of Portuguese Competition Lawyers (CAPDC).

She is a regular lecturer in academic courses and conferences and has published widely, particularly on antitrust and competition policy related topics.

She was born in Lisbon on 25 May 1976.