María is a Counsellor with the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Her main task is to assist the members of panels in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. In addition, she provides legal advice to WTO Members and staff members on legal issues and precedents relating to WTO Law and International Public Law; as well as technical assistance and training of WTO Members delegates, government officials, professors and practitioners on WTO Dispute Settlement and WTO Trade Policies. Among her other legal and administrative responsibilities, María supervises the internship programme of the Legal Affairs Division. Her working languages are English, Spanish and French.
A lawyer specialising in International Trade Law, María joined the WTO in May 2001. Since then, she has assisted WTO panels in more than ten dispute settlement proceedings. María studied law in her native Spain and after several courses on international law and relations at the University of Vienna and the Centre International due Formation Europèenne, she obtained a Diploma of Advanced European Studies at the College of Europe, Natolin, where she specialised on Trade Law. Her Master's thesis on the Europe Agreements was published by the College. In the following year she remained at the College as a Junior Scholar in Residence. After her scholastic/academic work, María joined the trade law team of the international law firm Coudert Brothers at their Brussels office. Three years later, she was hired as a senior associate by Hammonds, a European lawfirm renowned for its EU Trade Law practice. Maria is the co-author of EU Anti-subsidy Law and Practice (Sweet&Maxwell, 2nd edition 2007). In parallel to her professional activities, María lectures at several universities in Spain, US, UK and several Latin-American countries.