Dr Pablo Castillo-Ortiz

School of Law


+44 114 222 6854

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Dr Pablo Castillo-Ortiz
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in Spanish Law in September 2013. I am originally from Spain, where I was trained as a lawyer and where I gained my PhD in Law and Political Science (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

I carry out an interdisciplinary research in English and Spanish in the field of Law and Politics, focusing on European constitutional jurisdictions, Constitutional Politics and Regional Integration.

  • PhD in Law and Politics Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
  • MA in Democracy and Government, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
  • LLB Law, Universidad de Almería (Spain)
Research interests
  • European Constitutional Politics
  • Spanish Constitutional Politics
  • Constitutional Jurisdictions
  • Regional IntegrationConfigurational Analysis

Member of the Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law and the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law research clusters.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Spanish Public Law and Politics
  • European Constitutonal Law and Politics
  • Configurational Analysis
  • Judicial institutions and judicial decision-making


Journal articles


  • Castillo Ortiz P & Closa Montero (2012) National Courts and Ratification of the EU Treaties: Assessing the Impact of Political Contexts in Judicial Decisions In Evas T, Lord C & Liebert E (Ed.), Multilayered Representation in the European Union (pp. 129-155). RIS download Bibtex download



  • Castillo Ortiz PJ (2018) Partnering for Democracy: Protecting the Democratic Order in Post-Brexit Europe. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Title/Description: The Protection of Democracy in Integration Organizations in Europe and Latin-America and the Caribbean

  • Awarding Body: EU-LAC Foundation
  • People involved: Carlos Juan Closa Montero (PI), Pablo José Castillo Ortiz, José Antonio Sanahuja, Diana Tussie, Cintia Quiliconi
  • Years funded for: 2014-2015
  • Amount: €30,000
Teaching interests

I know how important a high-quality teaching is for my students. I try to combine the teaching of core and basic contents of each subject with the explanation of latest developments in the field, so that students are aware of which are the main current social and academic debates.

In the Spanish law modules that I teach I reproduce the main patterns of Spanish academia so that students can get familiar with it, I stimulate debate in Spanish language and encourage participation.

My aim is to get the best from my students, and for that reason I take into account what their starting point is and what their personal and social constraints are.

Teaching activities


  • Spanish Legal Language (Convenor)
  • Legal and Political Culture and the Spanish-Speaking World (Convenor)
  • European Union Law
  • Spanish Law and Legal System (Convenor)
  • Administrative Law and Justice


  • European Union Constitutional Law (Convenor)
Professional activities
  • Reviewer for Revista de Estudios Políticos
  • Member of the International Association for Public Law (ICON-S)
  • Member of the Spanish Political Science Association (AECPA)
  • Author of contributions for the newspaper El País and for ‘Contrapoder’ in Eldiario.es