The University's Legal Status
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (UCP) is an independent not-for-profit organization of public utility, created by the Congregation for Catholic Education (Holy See) under an international treaty, the Concordat between Portugal and the Vatican, and recognised by the Portuguese state in 1971. The university’s legal framework is established by the Decree-Law 128/90 (April 17).
The university’s current statutes, issued in 2023, establish the following ruling bodies - High Chancellor, President, Board of Trustees, Academic Council, Rector's Council, Financial Management Board, Fiscal Council.
The following are also senior bodies of the university: the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Portuguese Bishops’ Conference.