Carmen Chinchilla Marín

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Carmen Chinchilla Marín



Carmen Chinchilla is a partner in the Administrative Law Department at Garrigues, where she has been a practicing lawyer since March 1998.

She has acted in numerous engagements relating to public procurement, public assets, authorizations and concessions, administrative penalties, subsidies, telecommunications, audiovisual media, the electricity industry, gambling, etc.

She has advised on a range of appeals for judicial review before the Supreme Court, the National Appellate Court and the High Courts of Justice.

She has advised companies and individuals, preparing opinions and reports, and has contributed to the preparation of various draft laws and regulations, advising the central government and certain autonomous community authorities.

She has also taken part in certain public international infrastructure-related projects.

She has been included in various directories, such as Chambers Europe and Best Lawyers, stating that she “receives excellent feedback from interviewees”, who note that “her dependable academic know-how coupled with her pragmatic outlook always put her in the driving seat in negotiations.”

She spoke before the International Olympic Committee on the process to assess Madrid as a Candidate City for the 2012 Olympic Games concerning the legal aspects of the process.

As a lecturer in administrative law, she has taught classes on the subject at the law faculties of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid) and Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Albacete and Ciudad Real). She has lectured on public finance law at the Faculty of Business Studies at Universidad de Alcalá and on Audiovisual Media Law at the IT Faculty of Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

She served as a Constitutional Court lawyer from 1990 to 1994.

Since 1995, she has been on the Editorial Board of Revista de Administración Pública, under the management of Professor García de Enterría and, since January 2012, Professors García de Enterría and Tomás Ramón Fernández. This is Spain and Latin America’s most prestigious specialist administrative law journal.

She was invited by the Spanish International Development Agency (AECI) as an expert on constitutional law to advise the Economics Committee of the Constituent Assembly on the process to draft the Bolivian Constitution (Sucre, 2007).

Professor in Administrative Law since 1996.

Member of the Editorial Committee of the following journals and reviews:

  • Revista de Derecho Público, INAP.
  • Contratación Administrativa Práctica, Revista de la Contratación administrativa y de los contratistas, La Ley.
  • Cuadernos de Derecho Local, Fundación Democracia y Gobierno Local.
  • Revista de Derecho de la Competencia y de la Distribución.

She is a regular speaker at national and international seminars and conferences. She has delivered numerous papers at public and private institutions in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Tunisia.

She sits on the Academic Board of Instituto de Formación y Estudios del Gobierno Local in Madrid.




Academic background:

Degree in Law from Universidad de Granada, 1981.

Doctorate in Law, with a Special Prize, from Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid), 1986.


 She has written the following books:

  • Radio-television as an essential public service, Tecnos, 1988
  • Misuse of powers, Civitas, 1989 (third edition 2004)
  • Provisional protection in the new system of administrative justice, Civitas 1991
  • State assets, Marcial Pons, 2001
  • The Olympic Games, Civitas 2009

Furthermore, she has written close to a hundred articles for specialist reviews and journals and has contributed to various collective works on administrative proceedings, the judicial review jurisdiction, public contracts, the right to honor, privacy and self-image, the constitutional court, etc.

She has overseen collective works on public assets law, telecommunications law, public procurement and radio and television industry law. 

Her works on injunctive relief and misuse of powers are key reference works in Spain and Latin America and, in certain countries (such as Panama and Argentina), has been cited in court judgments and orders.