RETURN TO PEOPLE

Head of Environment 

Education

Degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid (1980)
Degree in Community Law from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (1987)
Currently studying a Doctorate programme in “Educational, legal, territorial and socio-economic instruments of the environment” at the Complutense University of Madrid: he has obtained a Diploma of Advanced Studies upon completion of the research stage and registered his doctoral thesis proposal on the legal regime of integrated packaging waste management systems

Professional career

He developed his professional career in the private sector as Chairman of SIGMA ENVIRO SA, an environmental management integrated consultancy firm specialising in waste and IPPC issues
He was a partner of ALYA ABOGADOS, a law firm specialising in water, energy and climate change law
He held several civil service positions at the Spanish Ministry of the Environment (Head of the Regulations Department, Deputy Director-General of the Basic Regulations Department and Adviser at the Technical Secretariat-General)  (1993-2002)

Specialisation

Environmental law; Waste; Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC); Environmental Authorisations

Teaching

He is Lecturer of Administrative Law at the Carlos III University of Madrid since academic year 2008/2009

He also participates as lecturer in several master programmes and postgraduate courses organized by Universities and Higher-Education Institutions, including, among others:
The Industrial Organisation School (Escuela de Organización Industrial): Master Programme in Environmental Engineering and Management
Ministry of the Environment: Theoretical and practical course on Environmental Law
Complutense University of Madrid. Institute of Environmental Sciences (Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Ambientales): “Specialisation degree in Environmental Law”.
National Institute of Public Administration (Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública): Course on Environmental Law and Environmental Management and Higher Education Course on Town Planning
Carolina Foundation: Master in Environmental Management

Membership of professional bodies and associations

Environmental  Bar Association of Madrid

Languages

Spanish
English
French

Publications

He is the author of the following BOOKS:

“Envases y residuos de envases. Nueva legislación”. Editorial Ex Libris (in the collection “Manuales de medio ambiente”). Madrid 1997. Update Addendum, May 1998
“Comentarios a la ley 10/1998, de 21 de abril, de residuos”. Ed. Comares. Granada, 1998
“Gestión de residuos urbanos. Manual técnico y de régimen jurídico”. Ed. ex-libris. Madrid, 1999. (Co-author: Luis Fontanet Sayán)
“Ley 16/2002, de 1 de julio, de Prevención y Control Integrados de la Contaminación”. Ed. La Ley (Collection “Novedades legislativas”). Madrid, 2002 (Co-author: José Marí Olano)

He has also participated as co-author in the following COLLECTIVE WORKS:
“Avances en evaluación de impacto ambiental y ecoauditoría” (author of the chapter entitled: “Sistema comunitario de ecogestión y ecoauditoría”). Editorial Trotta, serie medio ambiente. Madrid 1997
“Reflexiones sobre la normativa de envases y residuos de envases” (General Coordinator and author of the following chapters: La directiva comunitaria, la Ley española y su Reglamento de desarrollo. El papel de los Entes Locales y de las Comunidades Autónomas. Sistemas previstos en la Ley distintos del de depósito, devolución y retorno y de los sistemas integrados de gestión de residuos de envases y envases usados). Jointly published by IDELCO y MIMAM. Madrid, 1999
“Estudios de Derecho y Gestión Ambiental” (author of the chapter entitled: “La Ley de Envases y Residuos de Envases”). Ed. Fundación Cultural Santa Teresa. Ávila, 1999

He has COORDINATED the following law compilation on waste:
“Colección Códigos Ambientales. N° 1. Normativa sobre residuos”. Ed. MIMAM-IEA, Madrid, 2000

He is the author of several publications and articles in technical magazines on Environmental Law
He frequently participates as speaker in national and international conferences and seminars on Environmental Law

Industries

Public Authorities

Acknowledgments

  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018

The Chambers Europe 2020. Environment – Spain

"stands out for his deep knowledge of Spanish environmental law and for his extensive experience."

Best Lawyers 2020 (since 2008). Administrative Law

Best Lawyers 2020 (since 2008). Environmental Law

Legal 500 2020. Environment

Hall of Fame

Best Lawyers 2019 (since 2008). Environmental Law

The Chambers Europe 2019. Environment

"his knowledge of the legislation, coupled with his practical advice, makes him a phenomenal lawyer"

The Legal 500 2019. Environment

«‘has environmental expertise and high-quality skills’ which enables him 'to handle complex problems in order to find the best solutions’» Leading lawyer

Best Lawyers 2018 (since 2008). Environmental Law

Best Lawyers 2018 (since 2017). Waste

Chambers Europe 2018. Environment – Band 1

"Practical application of the law, knowledge of the legislation and international expertise"

Legal 500 2018. Environment