Doctor in Law (Complutense University, Madrid).1985. Professor of Administrative Law, and Vice-Rector of International Relations at San Pablo-CEU University of Madrid. Professor of Administrative Law (“Excedente”) of Castilla La Mancha University.
Former Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (2002-2007). Former Vice-Chairman of the European Group of Data Protection Commissioners (“Art. 29 Working Party Data Protection”) (2003-2007), Founder (2003) and former President of the Ibero-American Data Protection Network (2003-2007).
Head of the Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation, at San Pablo-CEU University, Madrid.
Member of the Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten (May 2014-Feb. 2015).
Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, Washington (2005-2007, developing the following Seminars: “Data Protection in Both Sides of the Atlantic” and “Privacy Enforcement in Both Sides of the Atlantic”).
Director of the International Research Projects on “Data Protection, Transparency, Security and Market” (Ministry of Science and Technology, Spain, 2009-2012) and “Extraterritorial application of Law and Data Protection” (2013-2016).
Lawyer since 1979. Founding Partner at Piñar Mañas & Asociados Law Firm (Madrid-Mexico). International consultant on data protection.
President of the Expert’s Commission created by the Spanish Government for drafting the data protection secondary regulation in Spain (2004-2007). Member of the Expert’s Commission created by the Spanish Government for studying and analysing the Spanish Draft of Transparency and Access to Public Information Law (2013).
Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Member of the Advisory Council of the Spanish Bar Association. Honorary Member of the “Asociación Profesional Española de Privacidad”.
Former Dean of the Faculties of Law in the Universities of Castilla-La Mancha and San Pablo-CEU.
Invited Lecturer in some Universities of Europe and Latin America.
The Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Law have awarded him with the “San Raimundo de Peñafort” award. The Spanish Government awarded him with the “Cruz de Honor de San Raimundo de Peñafort”.
Member of the Bar Association of Madrid, the Permanent Secretariat of the Iberoamerican Union of Bar Associations; International Law Associate of the American Bar Association. Member of the “Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division” of the ABA.
He has published numerous works on Data Protection Law (for instance, Social Networks and Children’s Privacy, 2011, with contributions by Stefano Rodotà, Giovanni Buttarelli, Karim Benyekhlef and Peter Fleisher; ECJ Case Law on the Right to Protection of Personal Data, in “BNA International. World Data Protection Report”, 2006; and many contributions at The Privacy Advisor. IAPP. Washington), Transparency, Administrative Law, European Community Law and Foundations Law.
He is a frequent speaker in Spain as well as in different countries in Europe and America.
Member of the Editorial Board of different specialised publications in Public Law (in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Brasil and Colombia).
Member of the Spanish General Commission for Codification. He used to be Member of the Executive Board of the Spanish Association of Professors of Administrative Law.