He is a Full Professor, holding both a Doctorate and Aggregation in Law, specialising in the areas of Penal Law Sciences at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra where he supervises these subjects as Penal Law at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also part of the Editorial Council of many national and international journals in his area of specialisation. He is a member of the General Council of the University of Coimbra and is President of the Institute of Penal and European Law. He was elected by Parliament to be member of the Supreme Council of Magistrates. He is also a writer and poet under the name of Francisco d’Eulália.
The link to his personal webpage is: http://www.josedefariacosta.webs.com/