Department: Constitutional, Ecclesiastical State Law and Procedural Law

Center: 1FA


Area: Constitutional Law

Research group: Constitutional Law


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Doctor by the Universidad de Valladolid with the thesis El derecho fundamental a la inviolabilidad del domicilio 1996. Supervised by Dr. M. Paloma Biglino Campos.

Francisco Javier Matia Portilla is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Valladolid Law School. His research work has focused, fundamentally, on the examination of the regime of fundamental rights in Spanish constitutional law, in the European Union and the Council of Europe, in the European integration process and its implications in national systems and in electoral and parliamentary law. He is the author of three monographs (El derecho fundamental a la inviolabilidad del domicilio, Parlamentos nacionales y Derecho comunitario derivado and Los Tratados internacionales y el principio democrático), editor of more than ten collective volumes and has published numerous works in specialized journals and collective works. At the editorial level, he has directed the Revista General de Derecho Constitucional until May 2016 and has been coordinator of the Section “Noticias de Libros” of the Revista Española de Derecho Constitucional. He has been responsible for, among others, the projects Plurality of citizenship and democratic participation (state, ref. DER2008-00185), Social and civic integration of immigrants in Castilla y León (autonomous, ref. VA005A10-1), Crisis of representation and reform of political parties (state, ref. DER2013-40585-P), Spain before Europe: national challenges in human rights (state, ref. DER2016-75993-P) and The limits of the autonomy of public universities (state, ref. ID2020-113929GB-I00). He has been recognized so far five sexenios of research (last, 2016-2021). He has been evaluator for ANEP, ANECA, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the MadridmásD Foundation and, more recently, scientific collaborator of the State Research Agency between January 2017 and June 2020. He currently collaborates with various evaluation agencies (AEI, ANECA, CNEAI, DEVA, AQU, etc.) and Universities. In these tasks he has been and is an evaluator of Projects, Research Groups, Degrees, Mobility Programs, etc. He also evaluates originals for some public and private publishers (Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Marcial Pons, etc.) and for relevant scientific publications related to Constitutional Law. He has taught undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses. Part of the teaching in masters and specialization courses has been given in other Universities and national and international Centers. He has also taught in numerous courses and seminars at the Millán Santos Permanent University and the Inter-University Program of Castilla y León, as well as at the School of Legal Practice of Valladolid. He has been recognized for six teaching periods and two excellent ratings in the Docentia Program of the University of Valladolid (2007-2010 and 2011-2014). From April 2002 to September 30, 2007, he served as a temporary secondment lawyer at the Spanish Constitutional Court. He has been recognized for a six-year period of knowledge transfer (2018).