André Vitória

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (UNIAM)
André Vitória

André Vitória is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam. My research is part of the FP7 project on the history of anti-corruption and looks into the measures taken by public authorities in Portugal (both secular and ecclesiastical) to restrain administrative, judicial, and political corruption, from the middle of the thirteenth century until the end of the fifteenth century. I am particularly interested in comparing developments in medieval Portugal with similar efforts by the Church and by secular authorities in the kingdoms of Castile, France, and England to deal with corrupt practices.I graduated in 2006 with a BA in History from the University of Porto and concluded my Ph.D. at the same university in 2013. My doctoral research has focused on legal culture in Portugal from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries, especially the impact of the medieval Romano-canonical ius commune on the administration of justice, litigation, and the relationship between different jurisdictions and political powers. The contribution of legal culture to the political relations between Church and Crown in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries remains a very great interest of mine.