Prof. Dr. Diogo Freitas do Amaral
He is a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Law specialized in Administrative Law and Political Science from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, and a Cathedratic Professor in the Faculty of Law at the New University of Lisbon and is also a publicist.
Currently, he is Professor in the Faculty of Law of the Lusófona University of Lisbon, where he teaches and governs the chair of the Economics of Public Law in Law degree, developing other teaching activities in the same college.
In 1974, some months after the Carnation Revolution, he was one of the Founders and President of then Democratic and Social Centre (CDS), a right-wing party. He led this party till 1985, and again from 1988 to 1991. He served as a Deputy to the Assembly of the Republic (the Portuguese parliament) from 1975 to 1982 or 1983, and again in 1992 and 1993. He was also a Member of the Portuguese Council of State between 1974 and 1982.
In the parliamentary elections of 1979 and 1980, the Democratic Alliance (of which the CDS was a part) won a majority and formed the government, in which Freitas served as Deputy Prime Minister or Vice-Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1980 and Deputy Prime Minister or Vice-Prime-Minister and Minister of Defence between 1981 and 1983. After the death of Francisco Sá Carneiro, Freitas do Amaral was interim Prime Minister for a short period between 1980 and 1981. Between 1981 and 1982 he was also the President of the European People’s Party.
He was a candidate in 1985 for the presidency in the 1986 presidential election. Supported by his own People’s Party and by the Social Democratic Party, he established a commanding lead in the first round, but lost the second round by some 150,000 votes to Mário Soares, who was endorsed by the two eliminated candidates.
He was President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1995 and until 1996.
Ed Dumrese grew up at the internal German border during the Cold War. In that period (western) German was in an open and self-reckless process of overcoming it’s heavy burdened history of World Wars and the holocaust. Maybe this made him so passionate about peace, freedom, democracy and justice. After an atonement service in Israel and travels he studied Development Studies in Wageningen, The Netherlands. He worked with refugees and became director of the commemoration of the capitulations in 1945 in the Netherlands. He is involved in many foundations and is co-founder of the European Network Places of Peace.