Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

dr. F. (Filipe) Brito Bastos

  • Faculty of Law
    European Law
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    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
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Filipe Brito Bastos is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance. He is also completing his doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute of Florence, where he also earned his LLM, under the supervision of Professor Deirdre Curtin. The dissertation is about the judicial development of specific principles on multilevel administrative decision-making in the European Union.

In 2017, Filipe worked as a research associate at the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies. He also worked as a stagiaire at the European Court of Justice, in the cabinet of Judge Cruz Vilaça, in the spring of that year.

He holds a law degree (cum laude) from the University of Lisbon, where he worked as a teaching assistant in the academic year 2012/2013. Filipe cooperates as an external researcher with the the Lisbon Centre for Research in Public Law, where he regularly teaches at workshops linked to Portuguese and comparative law of public property.

Filipe’s main field of interests lie in European and comparative public law, with a particular emphasis on administrative law issues. His current research focuses on rule of law issues in Europe’s composite administration, and on the interplay between EU constitutional and administrative law. Filipe is particularly interested in whether and how past experiences in European composite administration can provide useful legal precedents for new fields, such as the Banking Union.

‘Derivative Illegality in European Composite Administrative Procedures’, in: Common Market Law Review, Volume 55, Number 1, 101 ff

‘The Borelli Doctrine Revisited: Three Issues of Coherence in a Landmark Ruling for EU Administrative Justice’, in: Review of European Administrative Law, Volume 8, Number 2, December 2015, 269 ff 


‘New Challenges to Democracy: the Portuguese Case’ (in co-authorship with Jorge Silva Sampaio and Afonso Chuva Brás), in: European Review of Public Law, Vol. 27, no 1 (95), Spring 2015, 387 ff


'Autonomia Institucional e anticomunitariedade de actos administrativos nacionais: uma perspectiva portuguesa num contexto pós-Lisboa' (2013), in: Direito & Política 1 22 ff ('National procedural autonomy and incompatibility of national administrative acts with EU law: a Portuguese perspective in a post-Lisbon context’)

“Profitability and protection of public domain immovables”, presentation at the Conference ‘Management and Profitability of Public Property’, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (Lisbon, December 2017)  - co-convener

“The Judicial Crafting of EU Executive Federalism”, paper presented at the 2017 W. G. Hart Legal Workshop at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (London, July 2017)

“A divided judiciary for a joint administration? Composite procedures and the limits of European judicial review”, paper presented at the ICON-S 2017 Annual Conference (Copenhagen, July 2017)

“Multilevel administration and its citizens: the right to be heard in EU composite administrative procedures”, paper presented at the Católica Graduate Legal Research Conference 2016, organized at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Lisbon (jointly with Católica Global School of Law and Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law) (Lisbon, September 2016)

“Mapping a constitutional dilemma: derivative illegality in European composite administrative procedures”, paper presented at the workshop «Implementation and judicial politics: Conflict and compliance in the EU multi-level system», organized by the WZB (Berlin Social Science Centre) and the German Institute for Public Administration Speyer (Berlin, March 2016)

“25 years after the Borelli doctrine: two issues of coherence in the case-law on actions for annulment in bottom-up composite administrative decision-making”, paper presented at the 2015 Review of European Administrative Law Research Forum (Utrecht January 2015)


  • Brito Bastos, F. (2018). Derivative Illegality in European Composite Administrative Procedures. Common Market Law Review, 55(1), 101-134. [details] 
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