Maria Helena Diniz (born 1956, São Paulo) is a Brazilian jurist and professor. She currently holds the chair of full professor of Civil Law[2] at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo,[3] where she obtained her master's (1974) and doctorate (1976) degrees. She is the author of more than forty books and articles in the field of law, mainly in the civil area.[4]

Maria Helena Diniz
Born (1956-06-01) June 1, 1956 (age 68)
São Paulo, Brazil
SchoolPontifical Catholic University of São Paulo
Main interests
Law, politics, philosophy, education
Notable ideas
super-effectives constitutionals norms [1]

In constitutional law, Maria Helena Diniz proposes a new classification, based on intangibility and the production of concrete effects. Thus, it divides them into constitutional norms of absolute, full, restrictable relative and complementable relative (or complementation-dependent) effectiveness.[5]

Published books and works


Main published works

  • Brazilian Civil Law Course - General Theory of Civil Law
  • Brazilian Civil Law Course - General Theory of Obligations
  • The Gaps in Law
  • Compendium of introduction to the science of law
  • Concept of Legal Norm as an Essential Problem
  • 1988 Constitution: Legitimacy, Effectiveness, Effectiveness and Supremacy

Known for her rigid work in describing her works, the best known being the Civil Law Course, she is always recommended for the best interpretation of the Course, her important work "Dicionario Juridico Universitário". Both works are issued by Saraiva publishing house.

See also



  1. ^ "O que se entende por normas constitucionais de eficácia absoluta? - Denise Cristina Mantovani Cera". Jusbrasil. 19 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Portal Escritor - DICIONÁRIO JURÍDICO UNIVERSITÁRIO / Maria Helena Diniz".
  3. ^ "Cursos de Graduação da PUC-SP". Archived from the original on 24 April 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  4. ^ Maria Helena Diniz [dead link]
  5. ^ "Classificação e aplicabilidade das normas constitucionais".