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Sebastian Contin Trillo-Figueroa

Spain

New World AsiaGlobal Fellow
Lawyer

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Sebastian is a Spanish lawyer and lecturer, specializing in European law and institutions. He began his career working in the legal services of a bank, later in the Private Law Department of the Council of Europe, and as an Associate Lawyer in the Cuatrecasas Litigation Department.

Afterwards he moved from the private sector into public service, being elected councilman for three consecutive terms. In 2019, he became an MP in the Aragonese Corts (submitting his voluntary resignation in end-2020). During his 13 years as a politician, he was known for his fight against corruption and denouncing the misuse of public funds, underlining the need for good governance and higher ethical standards in politics, while being a significant voice against populism.

Sebastian studied his law degree in Spain and started his PhD studies, obtaining a diploma of advanced studies in commercial law. He has a master’s degree in European law (LLM) at the College of Europe in Belgium, and participated in the IESE Business School’s leadership program for public management. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

His research as an AsiaGlobal Fellow will focus on fighting the effects of populism in order to decrease its power and influence, and to improve the credibility of democratic institutions and processes.

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