She graduated in law from the Ciudad Real Law School with first-class honours. She held a Master in European Community Law and a PhD at the University of CLM, being awarded with the 2011 Best Dissertation Award. She was a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht in Freiburg (Germany) for eighteen months. She was also a Visiting Schoolar at the UPENN law school in Philadelphia (USA) where she conducted research on the potential of ex-post legislative evaluation as a technique able to promote rationality in European and national processes of legislative production in criminal matters.
Recent relevant publications includes her book El legislador penal europeo: legitimidad y racionalidad, Civitas-Thomson Aranzadi, 2011 and her contributions to the books Los Derechos fundamentales en el Derecho penal europeo (Civitas, 2010) and Cour de Justice et Justice Pénal, UMR de Droit Comparé de Paris, vol. 19, Société de Législation Comparée, Paris 2010, or further papers published in some legal journals such as “From Nothing to having it all?: The Importation of Identity Theft by the UE, Cahiers de Défense Sociale, 2009-2010, p. 51-61 or Evaluación legislativa y racionalidad en el ámbito penal europeo (y nacional)”, Revista General de Derecho penal, Iustel, nº 14, noviembre 2010, 48 pp. Other issues of interest are the role of compliance programs in corporate criminal liability cases and death penalty issues.