Ireneu Barreto

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Ireneu Cabral Barreto (5 February 1941) is a Portuguese magistrate. Since 2011, he is Representant of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira.[1]

Education and early life

Ireneu Barreto is born in Ponta do Sol, on the island of Madeira, and attended school there. He then went to the Jaime Moniz high school in Funchal. In 1963, he graduated in law at the university of Coimbra and followed post-graduate studies in legal science at the same institution.[1]

He did his military service between 1966 and 1968 as an officer of the Portuguese army in Mozambique.[1]

He is married to Carla Maria Lopes Ferreira Barreto.[1]


In 1964, he was admitted to the Public Prosecutor's Office, serving as deputy to the public prosecutor in various districts of the country, including São Vicente, Madeira. In 1970, he was appointed judge of law and started his career in the district of São Jorge, in the Azores.

In 1973, he was appointed assistant public prosecutor, a position he held in Bragança, Évora, and Setúbal. In 1975, he was named assistant attorney general.

In 1997, he was appointed counseling judge at the Supreme Court of Justice. He was a member of the European Commission of Human Rights between 1993 and 1999. Between 1998 and 2011 he was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights(ECHR). As a candidate for the ECHR, he also presented himself as a magistrate of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) as a "Law and Justice" member of the Portuguese section of the ICJ, with no precision on the date he joined.[2]

He was appointed representative of the Republic by President Aníbal Cavaco Silva in April 2011 and reappointed to this position in March 2016 by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. He is the first Madeiran to be appointed to this position.

On February 25, 2016, he was decorated by President Cavaco Silva with the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Nota Curricular do Representante da República". Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  2. "Election of members of the new European Court of Human Rights, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, p.42". 6 April 1998. Retrieved 24 February 2023.

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