Maria João Melícias - Member of the Board of the Portuguese Competition Authority

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.