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Partner Isabel Moraes Cardoso

"Sobriety, discretion and mutual respect, in a solution-oriented practice."

Areas of Expertise

  • General Administrative Law, Public Procurement, Litigation and Arbitration
  • Land-Use and Area Planning
  • Real Estate, Urban Rehabilitation and Town Planning
  • Environment and Nature Conservation
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture and Forestry: Projects and Management
  • Sea, Ports, Railways and Transportation


  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French

Academic Education

  • Law degree by the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University (1992).
  • Post-Graduate Degree in Administrative Litigation from the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University (2008).

Professional Experience

  • Founding partner of Abalada Matos, Moraes Cardoso e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL (2015).
  • Associate at Abalada Matos, Lorena de Sèves & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL from 2006 to 2011, and partner after 2011, practising mostly in public administrative law, land-use planning and urbanism, environment, environment, real estate and private property law (2006-2015).
  • Deputy General Director of the Directorate-General of Land-Use Planning and Urban Development.
  • Deputy and adviser to the Justice Ombudsman for constitutional matters, land-use planning, urbanism, environment and culture. Deputy and adviser to several members of the Government in land-use planning, environment, housing and city policy.
  • Assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.
  • Speaker and lecturer within the scope of training initiatives, seminars and conferences, on land-use planning, urbanism and environment, areas which also comprise publications.
  • Participation in many legislative procedures in land-use planning and urbanism, environment and tourism.
  • Registered with the Bar Association since 2008.


  • Guia das Alterações ao Regime Jurídico dos Instrumentos de Gestão Territorial, co-authored, DGOTDU, October 2007;
  • A nova Lei dos Solos Espanhola: Contribuições para a revisão da Lei dos Solos Portuguesa, DGOTDU, 2007;
  • Revision of the Regional Land-Use Plan for Algarve, and of the framework of municipal land-use plans. Especially, structural investments (NDE and NDT), in Revista Jurídica do Urbanismo e do Ambiente, issue no. 27/28, Jan/Dec 2007 (published in April 2008), Almedina.
  • Identificação e análise das relações de legislação portuguesa conexa com o âmbito da futura lei dos solos, DGOTDU, 2011.
  • Análise comparativa das Leis de Solos de países europeus (coordination), DGOTDU, 2011.
  • “EXECUÇÃO DOS PLANOS E INDEMNIZAÇÃO POR RESTRIÇÕES AO DIREITO DE PROPRIEDADE A INDEMNIZAÇÃO NAS SITUAÇÕES DE RESTRIÇÕES AO DIREITO DE PROPRIEDADE”, in O Novo Regime Jurídico dos Instrumentos de Gestão Territorial, ICJP (Institute of Legal-Political Sciences of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon), 2016.