Law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and exam passed for the Bachelor’s degree in law at the Universidad Central of Barcelona with a grade of Outstanding. Specialist in Community Law from the University of Strasbourg. Magistrate, qualifying in the first position. Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo.
Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice.
Director General of Services at the Ministry of Justice.
Member of the Supreme Judicial Council.
Secretary of State for Justice.
Member of the Spanish Parliament from 1996 to 2010.
Deputy Secretary (1997-1998) and Secretary General (1998-2004) of the Socialist Parliamentary Group.
First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidency and Spokesperson from April 2004 to October 2010.
Permanent Counsellor of the Spanish State Council from November 2010.
Active collaborator with the feminist movement. In 1984, she joined the first Governing Board of the Institute for Women and participated in drawing up the first Plan for Equal Opportunities.
Member of the Civil Society Advisory UN Women
She has been an associate lecturer in labour law at the Universidad Central of Barcelona and Madrid’s Universidad Complutense, as well as lecturer-tutor at UNED.
She is the author of books and essays on labour law, human rights and the Council of Europe.