Academic Staff

Paula Rute Pereira Garcez Nunes CORREIA 高寳娜
Assistant Professor


Other Roles
  • Member of the Faculty of Law Academic Council
  • Former Member of the UM Senate
  • Former Faculty of Law Representative at the UM Senate Research Committee
Academic Qualifications
  • Master of Law, University of Coimbra, Portugal/DEA in Comparative Law, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Teaching Area
  • General Theory of Civil Law
  • General Theory of Law
  • Comparative Legal Systems
Research Area
  • Civil-Juridical Sciences, in general; Family Law, in particular. Comparative Law.
  • Title of Master Thesis: "Presumption of Paternity: comparison between the Belgium and the Portuguese Legal System"
  • Proposed title for PhD Thesis: “Matrimonial Relationship in Macao: Tradition in Law or Law in Tradition?”
Selected Publications
  • 1. “La présomption de paternité: comparaison entre le droit belge et le droit portugais” (a short version of the Master Thesis) – in Revue de Droit International et de Droit Comparé, Institut Belge de Droit Comparé, 80th year, 1st trimester 2003, Bruylant, Bruxelles, Belgique, edition in French (original version – pages 43 to 91).
  • 2. “Da Presunção de Paternidade na União de Facto em caso de Procriação Medicamente Assistida” – in Boletim da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Macau, Macau – R.P. China, year VII, N° 16, 2nd semester 2003, edition in Portuguese (original version – pages 15 to 29) and Chinese (translated version).
  • 3. “Divorce in Macao” – in Papers for the International Conference on Divorce: Causes and Consequences, July 19-20.2004, Beijing, P.R. China, sponsored by ISFL (International Society of Family Law) and CUPL (China University of Political Science and Law), edition in English (original version – pages 310 to 321).
  • 4. “Divorce in Macau: Models, Causes and Consequences” – in Boletim da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Macau, Macau – R.P. China, year VIII, Nº 17, 1st semester 2004, edition in English (original version – pages 195 to 213) and Chinese (translated version).
  • 5. “Marriage in China within the Civil Law – Marriage in Macau” – in Cadernos de Ciência Jurídica, vol. 1, including Actas do Seminário sobre Problemas de Direito Regional da China (Papers presented at the Symposium on Regional Legal issues in China, held in Shanghai, in March 24-27, 2005), Faculty of Law, University of Macau, Macau – R.P. China, edition in English (original version – pages 67 to 91).
  • 6. “The Evolution of Matrimony in Macao (China): an Overview” – in Pravni Život – Legal Life, Journal for Legal Theory and Practice of The Jurists Association of Serbia – Nº 10, volume II, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006, edition in English (original version –pages 71 to 88).
  • 7. “Tensions Between Legal, Biological and Social Conceptions of Parentage”, Regional Report from Macao Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China (book chapter) – Ingeborg Schwenzer (editor), Intersentia, European Family Law Series, Antwerpen – Oxford, 2007, edition in English (original version – pages 233 to 278).
  • 8. “O Sistema Jurídico de Macau: uma perspectiva de Direito Comparado” (book chapter) – in Repertório do Direito de Macau (versão portuguesa) – published by Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Macau, Macau – R.P. China, April 2007,edition in Portuguese (original version – pages 17 to 34).
  • 9. “New Family Law issues in Macao’s return to Chinese Sovereignty” (book chapter) – in Family Law: Balancing Interests and Pursuing Priorities, edited by Lynn D. Wardle & Camille S. Williams, published by William S. Hein & Co. of Buffalo, New York, USA, 2007, edition in English (original shortened version – pages 43 to50).
  • 10. “Affiliation in the Macanese Legal System” – in Pravni Život – Legal Life, Journal for Legal Theory and Practice of The Jurists Association of Serbia – Nº 10, volume II, Belgrade, Serbia, 2007, edition in English (original version –pages 257 to 270).
  • 11. “Basics on Macanese Matrimonial Finances” – in Pravni Život – Legal Life, Journal for Legal Theory and Practice of The Jurists Association of Serbia – 10/2008, volume II, Belgrade, Serbia, edition in English (original version – pages 289 to 300).
  • 12. “Matrimonial Finances in the Context of the Macanese Legal System: General Principles and Issues” (book chapter) – in Family Finances, edited by Bea Verschraegen, published by Jan Sramek Verlag, Wien, Austria, 2009, edition in English (original version – pages 415 to 426).
  • 13. “Da Presunção de Paternidade na União de Facto em caso de Procriação Medicamente Assistida” – in The Selecction of Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences of Macau – Legal Studies, by the Social Sciences Academic Press (China), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, edition in Chinese (translated version – pages 234 to 245).
  • 14. “Youth and Drugs: a Legal Overview”, co-author with Teresa Albuquerque e Sousa – in Meritum, Revista de Direito da FCH/FUMEC, volume 4, number 1, January/June 2009, Belo Horizonte, Brasil, edition in English (original version – pages 133 to 166) and Portuguese (translated version – pages 97 to 131).
  • 15. “The Essential about Adoption in Macao Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China” – in Pravni Život – Legal Life, Journal for Legal Theory and Practice of The Jurists Association of Serbia – 10/2009, volume II, Belgrade, Serbia, edition in English (original version – pages 959 to 971).
  • 16. “Gestation pour autrui: Surrogate Motherhood”, Rapport pour la Région Administrative Spéciale de Macao de la République Populaire de Chine (book chapter), XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, Washington D.C., 25-31 July 2010 – Françoise Monéger (editor), Société de Législation Comparée, Collection Colloques Volume 14, Paris, France, 2011 – edition in French (original version – pages 199 to 200).
  • 17. Protection of third parties a non domino acquirers”, in Essays in Honour of Penelope Agallopoulou, vol. II, by the University Of Piraeus, Greece 2011 (pages 1021 to 1034).
  • 18. “Dissolução da União de Facto inter vivos e mortis causa”, in Contribuições Jurídicas sobre a União de Facto e Direitos sobre a Terra em Macau e Moçambique, published by the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Macau, Macau 2011 (pages 79 to 93).
  • 19. “Protecção de terceiros adquirentes a non domino”, in Contribuições Jurídicas sobre a União de Facto e Direitos sobre a Terra em Macau e Moçambique, published by the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Macau, Macau 2011 (pages 243 to 254).
  • 20. “Parental Responsibility: Main principles and rules applicable in Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) of People’s Republic of China (PRC)” – in Pravni ŽivotLegal Life, Journal for Legal Theory and Practice of The Jurists Association of Serbia – 9/2011, Tom I, Book 547, Belgrade, Serbia 2011 (pages 985 to 997)
  • 21. “Protecção de terceiros adquirentes a non domino”, in Revista do Ministério Público, N.° 131, Julho/Setembro  2012, Portugal (pages 155 to 169).
  • 22. “A Menoridade no âmbito da Relação Jurídica Laboral: uma perspectiva Privatística, Geral e Especial”, in Reflexões sobre o Direito do Trabalho e Segurança Social em Moçambique e Macau, by the University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, 2012 (pages 23 to 40).
  • 23. “Traditional Chinese Matrimony in Macao”, in Pravni ŽivotLegal Life, Journal for Legal Theory and Practice of The Jurists Association of Serbia, 9/2012, Tome I, Book 555, Belgrade, Serbia 2012 (pages 1005 to 1017).
  • 24. “Teoria Geral do Direito Civil, Direito Processual Civil I, Materiais de Apoio” (book), co-Autor with Cândida Pires, Teresa Robalo and Henrique Carvalho, by Fundação Rui Cunha and Fundação Oriente, Macau 2013.
  • 25. “The Macanese Legal System: a Comparative Law perspective” (book chapter), in New Frontiers of Comparative Law, Tong Io Cheng and Salvatore Mancuso (ed.), Lexis Nexis, Hong Kong 2013 (pages 133 to 140).
  • 26. “Regime Jurídico do Erro Negocial em Macau” (book), by Fundação Rui Cunha, Macau 2013.
  • 27. “Codification in China: the Special case of Macau” (book chapter), in The Scope and Structure of Civil Codes, Julio César Rivera (ed.), co-Author with Augusto Teixeira Garcia, Dan Wei and Tong Io Cheng, Springer, 2014 (pages 83 to 103).
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  • Seminars / Conferences
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  • Participation as speaker:
  • Sharing Session on UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Concluding Observations on Macao SAR’s report on implementation of CRC, held at the Against Child Abuse (Macau) Association Child Protection Centre, in March 26, 2014.  Speech delivered on “Legislations in the Best Interest of the Child”.
  • VII joint Seminar, co-organized by the Faculty of Law of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, dedicated to “A Interacção entre os Direitos Constitucionais e os Direitos Privados”, held in Maputo, Mozambique, in October 22-23, 2013. Title of contribution: “Da Tutela dos Direitos de Personalidade dos Residentes de Macau: da Privacidade, em Especial”.
  • International Congress of Comparative Law, on “Codification”, organized by the International Academy of Comparative Law in cooperation with the Taiwan Law Society, the National Taiwan University Law Foundation, the Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica and Professor Han Chung-mo Law Foundation, held in Taipei, Taiwan, in May 24 – 26, 2012. Title of the Regional Report from Macau (collective report): “The scope and structure of civil codes – The inclusion of commercial law, family law, labour law and consumer law”.
  • V joint Seminar, co-organized by the Faculty of Law of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, devoted to “O Direito do Trabalho e Segurança Social”, held in Maputo, Mozambique, in November 22-23, 2011. Title of presentation: “A menoridade no âmbito da relação jurídica laboral: uma perspectiva privatística, geral e especial” .
  • International Conference on “The New Frontiers of Comparative Law”, organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau and the Macao Association for Comparative Law, held in Macau in November 11, 2011. Title of contribution: “The Macanese Legal System: a Comparative Law perspective”.
  • IV joint Seminar, co- organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau and the Faculty of Law of the University Eduardo Mondlane, devoted to “Planeamento Urbano e Direitos sobre a Terra”, held in Macao, in November 29, 2010. Title of presentation: “Protecção de terceiros adquirentes a non domino”.
  • “XX Encontro das Associações das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa (AULP)”, held in Macau in September (6 – 10) 2010. Title of presentation (under publication): “Da tutela dos direitos fundamentais dos cidadãos no âmbito do ordenamento jurídico-civil da RAEM”.
  • XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, co-organized by the International Academy of Comparative Law and the American Society of Comparative Law, held in Washington DC, between July 25 and August 1 2010. Title of contribution (under publication): Regional Report from MSAR on “Surrogate Motherhood”.
  • Seminar about Family Law devoted to debate the De Facto Union, held in Maputo, Mozambique, in February 23 and 24, 2010, co-organized by the Faculty of Law of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, with the participation of the Centro de Formação Jurídica e Judiciária de Moçambique. Title of presentation (under publication): “Dissolução da União de Facto inter vivos e mortis causa”.
  • Seminar organized by the Senior Students of the Bachelor of Law in Portuguese Language in cooperation with the Center for Law Studies of the University of Macau, held in Macau in April 22 and 23, 2009, on the subject of “Common Law: Perspectivas Jurídicas e Processuais sobre o Outro Direito”, in which delivered the closing speech.
  • Bachelor Seminar Series for Law in Portuguese Language, on the 20th Anniversary of FLL, held in Macau, in March 20, 2009, devoted to the presentation of several Master Thesis conclusions, in which delivered the opening speech.
  • 13th World Conference of the ISFL (International Society of Family Law) on “Family Finances”, held in Vienna, Austria, in September 16-20, 2008. Title of presentation (published): “Matrimonial finances in the context of the Macanese Legal System: General principles and issues”.
  • 22nd IFNGO World Conference on “Drugs Are Not Child’s Play. Wholesome Families – No Drugs”, held in Macau, in May 14-18, 2007. Title of presentation, together with Ms. Teresa Albuquerque e Sousa (published): “Youth and Drugs: a Legal Overview”.
  • XIX Conference of The Mt. Kopaonik School of Natural Law about Law and Human Future, held in Kopaonik, Serbia, in December 13-17, 2006. Title of presentation (published): “The evolution of matrimony in Macao (China): an overview”.
  • XVII th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in July 16-22, 2006. Title of presentation (published): Regional Report from MSAR on “Tensions between legal, biological and social conceptions of parentage”.
  • 12th World Conference of the ISFL on Family Law – Balancing Interests and Pursuing Priorities, held in Salt Lake City, U.S.A., in July 19-23, 2005. Title of presentation (published): “New Family Law issues in Macao’s return to Chinese Sovereignty”.
  • Symposium on Regional Legal issues in China, held in Shanghai, in March 24-27, 2005. Title of presentation (published): “Marriage in China within the Civil Law – Marriage in Macao”.
  • Conference on the 200th Anniversary of the French Civil Code, Present and Future of Civil Law in Greater China, held in Hong Kong and Macau, in November 9-10, 2004, jointly organized by the City University of Hong Kong and Centro de Formação Jurídica e Judiciária da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau. Title of presentation (published): “Issues raised in the General Part of the Civil Code: Brief analysis”.
  • ISFL/CUPL Regional Conference on Divorce: Causes and Consequences, held in Beijing, in July 19-20, 2004. Title of presentation (published): “Divorce in Macao: Models, Causes and Consequences”.
  • Seminar, organized by the Faculty of Law of the UM, in November 29, 2002, with reference to “Curricula Development on International, Comparative and European Union Law”. Title of presentation: “Master in Comparative Law: Belgium Model”.
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  • Participation as moderator:
  • Fifth Seminar on “Exploração dos jogos de fortuna ou azar e os contratos em especial”, organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, held in Macau in Mai 16, 2014. Moderator of its second session.
  • VII joint Seminar, co-organized by the Faculty of Law of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, dedicated to “A Interacção entre os Direitos Constitucionais e os Direitos Privados”, held in Maputo, Mozambique, in October 22-23, 2013. Moderated the 4th and last session of the conference on “Investimento Estrangeiro: Regime Fiscal e Laboral”.
  • Third Seminar on “Exploração dos jogos de fortuna ou azar e os contratos em especial”, organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, held in Macau in April 27, 2012. Moderator of its first session “Sobre os contratos em especial e o jogo e a aposta”.
  • V joint Seminar, co-organized by the Faculty of Law of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, devoted to “O Direito do Trabalho e Segurança Social”, held in Maputo, Mozambique, in November 22-23, 2011. Moderator of its third session on “Direitos Sociais”.
  • Second Seminar on “Exploração dos jogos de fortuna ou azar e os contratos em especial”, organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, held in Macau in May 6, 2011. Moderator of its first session “Sobre os contratos em especial e o jogo e a aposta”.
  • Seminar about Family Law devoted to debate the De Facto Union, held in Maputo, Mozambique, in February 23 and 24, 2010, co-organized by the Faculty of Law of the University Eduardo Mondlane and the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, with the participation of the Centro de Formação Jurídica e Judiciária de Moçambique. Moderated the third and last session of the colloquium under the theme “Prova da União de Facto”.
  • Second International Conference about “As Reformas Jurídicas de Macau no Contexto Global”, on the 10th Anniversary of MSAR, held in Macau in December 10 – 11, 2009. Moderated the second part of the 1st session, in which Professors Sun Xianzhong, from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences of Beijing, and Coutinho de Abreu, from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, have delivered theirs speeches on the two following subjects, respectively: “China’s adoption of the Western Civil Law Jurisprudence in the Modern and Contemporary Era, from the perspective of the Comparative Law”, and “Corporate Governance – Codificações fracas e fortes”.
  • Bachelor Seminar Series for Law in Portuguese Language in 2009/10, held in Macau in September 14, 2009, addressed to questions and issues on General Theory of Law, to which have contributed as speakers Professors José de Sousa e Brito and José Manuel Aroso Linhares, as well as Drs. Luís Duarte de Almeida and Denis de Castro Halis. Moderated its first session.
  • Bachelor Seminar Series for Law in Portuguese Language, on the 20th Anniversary of FLL, held in Macau, in February 10, 2009, about “Direitos Humanos e Novas Tecnologias: o caso das Comunicações Electrónicas”, lectured by Dr. Pedro Ferreira. Chaired the whole Seminar.
  • Bachelor Seminar Series for Law in Portuguese Language, on the 20th Anniversary of FLL, held in Macau, in September 10, 2008. Moderated its 1st session, in which Dra. Helena Moniz and Dr. Ho Wai Neng have done their presentations.
Professional Affiliations
  • Former effective Member of the "Conselho Superior da Advocacia" of Macao (2004/2009)
  • Associate member (elected in 2009) of the International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Member of the new Committee of the International Academy of Comparative Law, officially recognized in 16 March 2009 as the new Committee of the Academy in China (Macao)
  • Founding member of the “Associação de Direito Comparado de Macau”/Macao Association for Comparative Law,born inOctober 7, 2011.
  • Member of the International Society of Family Law since 2011
  • Executive Coordinator and member of the Editorial Council of the academic journal “Boletim da Faculdade de Direito”, of the University of Macau
  • Counselor for the academic journal “Meritum”, of the FUMEC University, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Contact Details

Faculty of Law (FLL)
University of Macau, E32,
Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,
Macau, China.

Room: 2023
Telephone: 88224771

E-mail address: PCorreia@umac.mo