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Pilar Cuesta, lawyer of the Council of State: “There are always things that can be debated and discussed”

Pilar Cuesta She is the first Canarian woman to have reached the Spanish Council of State and has done so with a male springboard environment: “Apart from my mother, I have had a father who has supported me a lot, an incredible husband, I only have brothers and only sons , but all these men are companions, not enemies… Without their support nothing would be possible, I must start by saying it,” the lawyer tells MagasIN.

Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Cuesta studied in her hometown until she went “to France to do COU”, specifically to Paris at the Spanish Lyceum. “I have always had public service vocation and the idea of ​​changing things from within. At that time, I was thinking about a diplomatic career, so strengthening French made sense.”

Upon his return, he says, he returned to Madrid “to study Law at San Pablo CEU and Santa María del Pino. During the years of university I learned other things and became aware of the exercise difficulties. One day, in class they had told me a lot about this institution, I was able to meet it and I had a total crush on it. Council of State. I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer, without further ado. I have always been attracted to history and political thoughtbut in the broadest sense of humanism, literature and philosophy.”

that does not have a delimited temporal mandate, which also guarantees independence, a diverse and rich composition with different trajectories and visions.” There is only one political position in this structure, certainly representative, which corresponds to the presidency, currently held by another woman, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega.

Thus, “personal opinions are left aside, because this form of work, linked to the legal system, establishes very clear margins.”

It is the system that “I call triple reading: the lawyer makes the opinion and takes it to the section, where it is debated and approved or rejected, and then it goes to the weekly permanent committee and is debated again, and approved or debated.” … There are always things that can be debated and that are debatable… This process refines the debate a lot and thus the opinion, very polished, homogeneous, is modified for improvement, and is approved by the commission, reaching its destination.”

The diversity

“I am a big defender of diversity in all bodies,” explains Cuesta, “I am also on the advisory board of an association of women lawyers, Women in a Legal World, I have been part of it since the beginning. This association aims to promote the visibility of female talent in the legal sector to achieve greater access for women. Women must be named, but also highlighted, there are women in diverse fields, and we are not monolithic profiles”

“It is not only about social justice, about representation, but about an issue of difference: women are different in many things, and we have different resources and tools and I believe that this incorporation of women enriches the way of debating, that diversity I think it is so enriching that it cannot be left out.”

University professor, PhD in 2016, postgraduate training at the prestigious HKS school, she believes that, although the Anglo-Saxon tradition has other laws, “the breadth of vision and different experiences They allow us to know a way of approaching reality that is different from continental law. In Anglo-Saxon law, being a system of case law, the approach is very different: seeing its way of facing a conflict situation and solving it by detaching yourself from positive law is a very solid training. I firmly believe in the value of diversity and how enriching it is to broaden your perspective.”

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