Síndic's deputies

Deputy general

 Jaume Saura Estapà (Barcelona, 1996) earned a PhD cum laude in Law by the University of Barcelona in 1994 and the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize of the year 1993/1994.

Since 1997, he has been professor of International Law and International Relations at the University of Barcelona. He has also been a visiting lecturer at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and at other universities in other countries, as Costa Rica or Cyprus, for instance. He has been and international observer in several electoral processes since 1994, when he was an observer for the United Nations in the elections of South-Africa. Since then, he has taken part in many other electoral processes in many places (Palestine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Togo, East Timor, Guatemala, Peru, etc.)

From 2004 until 2015 he has been president of the Catalan Institute for Human Rights. He was also deputy to the director of the Centre for International Studies of the University of Barcelona.

Member of the International Commission of Criminal Justice since 2010 and of several social and academic entities (Association for the UN in Spain, American Association of International Law, International Association of Lawyers for the West Sahara), he has also been coordinator of the PhD Programme in Law and Political Science.

Jaume Saura has written several books with regards to human rights, International Human Rights Law and use of force in international relations.

He has been linked to the Catalan Ombudsman since 2010 as a member and coordinator of the Task Force of the former Catalan Authority for the Prevention of Torture (currently, Catalan Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture).

The Deputy General assists, represents and stands in for the Síndic de Greuges' (Catalan Ombudsman) absence.


Deputy for the Defence of Children's and Adolescents' Rights

 Maria Jesús Larios Paterna (Barcelona, 1970) holds a doctorate in Law from the University of Barcelona and is a tenured university lecturer in Constitutional Law at the same university.

She has specialized in the right to education and in immigration. Within this field, she co-directed the Bofill Foundation's Immigration Yearbook and the Seminar on the Rights of Immigrants of the University of Barcelona's Public Law Institute. She has authored many publications on these topics.

She has been deputy for the defence of Children's and Adolescent's Rights since 2010. Previously, she had been director of Social Affairs and Parliamentary Relations of the Catalan Ombudsman institution (2004-2010).

In the Catalan Ombudsman institution, Ms Larios's areas of responsibility have been attached to the legal system governing public administrations, social services, culture and universities. She has been responsible for relations with Parliament and has coordinated and supervised the development and presentation in Parliament of the Catalan Ombudsman's annual report, and of the office's special reports.

Her research has focused on the study of institutions, especially Parliament, and on fundamental rights. To write her doctoral thesis, she spent a year researching at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and at the Max Plank Institute of the same city. She has authored publications on these subjects in books and specialized journals.

She has formed part of various research projects related with fundamental rights and the territorial structure of the State.

She has held teaching posts in various universities, aside from the University of Barcelona, such as the Simón Bolívar Andean University (1999), and in different master's programs and specialized courses such as the Master's Degree in Immigration and Intercultural Education, offered by the University of Barcelona's College of Philosophy, and the Master's Degree in Public Law of the Public Administration School of the Generalitat (Autonomous Government of Catalonia). She has also worked as a consultant in Constitutional Law for the Open University of Catalonia.

The Deputy for the Defence of Children's and Adolescents' Rights assists the Síndic de Greuges (Catalan Ombudsman) and exercises delegated competencies for the protection of children and adolescents in the terms of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.