General Director for Equal Opportunities and Director of Women’s Institute, Spain
Carmen Plaza Martín is General Director for Equal Opportunities and Director of the Spanish Women’s Institute since 2012.
She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Essex (LLM in European Community Law) and a Law Degree, LLM, and PhD from the Complutense University (Madrid).
From 2005 to 2012, Ms Plaza was Full Professor at the Law Faculty of the Castilla-La Mancha University (Toledo, Spain), where she taught EU Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights and EU Sex Discrimination Law. She formerly lectured at the Law Schools of Complutense University (2000-2005) and San Pablo-CEU University (1997-2000). As a Member of the European Group of Public Law (EPLO), she delivered a Course on “Effective Judicial Protection and Interim Measures in European Administrative Law” at EPLO’s Academy of European Public Law- 14th Session (2009, Legraina, Greece).
Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School in 1995, she has participated in several research projects in the fields of European Law and Spanish Public Law, both at national and European level. She has also worked as legal adviser for several public and private institutions and authorities, such as the Minister of Environment (1996-1997), Garrigues-Andersen Law Firm (1998-1999), or the Vice-Chancellor of Complutense University (2004-2005).
She is the author of the book Derecho ambiental de la Unión Europea (2005) and of many articles and contributions to books on EU and Spanish Public law. Her latter works in English are “State liability for legislative injustice, National Procedural Autonomy and the Principle of Equivalence” (Review of European Administrative Law, vol. 3, nr.2, 2010) and Spanish Administrative Law under European Influence (Europa Law Publishing, 2010).