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Susana Sánchez Ferro

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Visiting Fellow
Autonomous University of Madrid
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Professor Susana Sánchez Ferro

Susana Sánchez Ferro is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research topics are National Security and fundamental rights, in particular the oversight of intelligence services and state secrets, and British Constitutional Law.

In 2005, Professor Sánchez Ferro received a Fulbright Scholarship granted from the US State Department to attend the Fulbright Institute on US security and foreign policy in the aftermath of 9/11. She was also awarded a scholarship from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to take part in KORSE (Network for the law of civil security in Europe) at the Centre for Security and Society (University of Freiburg/Germany).

She has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law – formerly Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law – in Freiburg, Germany (2016, 2017, 2019) and at the University of Freiburg. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2009), where she had the opportunity to familiarise herself with the British Constitutional system.

Professor Sánchez Ferro is affiliated with the Centre for Public Law (Cambridge). The Spanish Ministry of Universities, the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan and her University (UAM) gave her a scholarship to come to Cambridge University (EU funds CA2/RSUE/2021-00911).

Her research in Cambridge will focus on the Human Rights Act and the relationship between domestic legal systems and the European Court of Human Rights. She will analyse the impact that the European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence has on the British Legal System and the role played by the European Court of Human Rights through a British lens. Does the desire of some politicians to repeal the Human Rights Act point to some structural problems in the Convention system itself?

Select publications

  • Sánchez Ferro, S. (2021): Combating Crime through Intelligence Services: The Spanish case, in Engelhart, M., & Arslan, M. (Eds.). Verbrechensbekämpfung durch Nachrichtendienste – Intelligence Services and Crime control (Vol. 9), Schriftenreihe des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht: Beiträge zum Sicherheitsrecht. Freiburg i.Br.: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Forschungsgruppe “Architektur des Sicherheitsrechts” (ArchiS). doi:10.30709/archis-2020-9, ISBN 978-3-86113-760-3, pp. 177-230
  • Sánchez Ferro, S. (2017): The Need for an Institutionalized and Transparent Set of Domestic Legal Rules Governing Transnational Intelligence-Sharing in Democratic Societies, in Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair edited by Russell Miller, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 508-536.
  • Sánchez Ferro, S. (2011): Parliamentary and specialised oversight of security and intelligence agencies in Spain”, in Parliamentary Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies in the European Union, Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C, Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, European Parliament, 2011 (PE 453.207).
  • Sánchez Ferro, S. (2010): “The Spanish Intelligence Service (CNI): New Threats, same secrecy, better oversight?”, ICL Journal (Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law)¸ Volume 4 – Issue 3, pp. 428-442.

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