Mónica Mendes da Silva

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Mónica is a trained lawyer based in Dili, Timor-Leste, qualified in both Portugal and Timor-Leste. She has worked extensively with stakeholders across Timor-Leste’s government ministries and departments, the private sector, diplomatic missions and civil society.

Mónica has supported the drafting of new laws and legislation and is experienced in telecommunications, personal data protection, litigation and criminal justice, immigration and corporate law in the Portuguese and Timorese jurisdictions. She previously worked for an international law firm, helping the company establish its local presence in Timor-Leste. She is now the founder and managing partner of MdS Legal, Lda.

Originally from Portugal, Mónica earned her degree in law and is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration Law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She speaks Portuguese, English and Tetum as well as Spanish and French.