Qualities of María Vásquez stand out to preside over ProCompetencia
Qualities of María Elena, daughter of “Chu Vásquez”, stand out to preside over ProCompetencia

Various organizations highlighted the qualities of the director of the Center for Constitutional Studies, María Elena Vásquez Taveras, to preside over ProCompetencia, after the shortlist sent by the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, was announced in the Chamber of Deputies.

Elena Vásquez, who has held the position since June of this year, had been the first Counsel to the President of the Constitutional Court for 9 years. He also has a Specialty in Competition Law and Policy from LEAD University, Costa Rica.

In addition, she is a professor at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), where she teaches master’s degrees and teaches the subjects Fundamental Rights I and II, Constitutional Procedural Law I and II, Constitutional Thought and Jurisprudence. At the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (UNPHU), he holds the chairs of Constitutional Law and Civil Liability, at the undergraduate level.

She has a master’s degree in Law, graduated from the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (UNPHU). He has a master’s degree in Constitutional Law and Constitutional Jurisdiction from the University of Castilla-La Mancha and is doing a doctorate in Fundamental Rights and Public Freedoms at this same university, among other specialties, standing out for his vocation of service and high capacity to take on new challenges , exceeding all standards and expectations.

He has also completed master’s studies in Higher Diplomacy, at the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, in Paris, France. Master in Legal and Political Philosophy, from the Carlos III University. As a lecturer, he has participated in national and international conferences and seminars.

Prior to joining the Constitutional Court, she worked as an associate attorney at the prestigious firm Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, and at the Law Office of Dr. José Antonio Columna.

Within her experience is having been Minister Counselor in the Delegation of the Dominican Republic to UNESCO, in Paris, France; and second class secretary at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in France.

In addition, she was director of deportations and of the National Office for Refugees in the National Directorate of Migration and previously, head of cabinet in the Vice Presidency of the Senate of the Republic.

In April of this year, the Nagua mayor’s office awarded the “María Trinidad Sánchez Merit of Honor” award to Vásquez Taveras, a distinction awarded to outstanding women in the town.

Featured research

He has carried out a research stay at the prestigious Center for Political and Constitutional Studies of Spain (CEPC).

• Right to free enterprise and competition in the Constitution and jurisprudence of the Dominican Constitutional Court.

• Surrogacy from the perspective of fundamental rights.

• The legal situation of the children of illegal foreigners born in the Dominican Republic (Haitian case).

• Covid 19 and internet access as a fundamental right.

• Law as an instrument of social change.

• The impact of the Constitutional Court on the Constitutional State and of Law.

• The principle of temporality of states of exception.

• Commentary on Judgment No. 225-2018 of the Constitutional Court of Portugal.

• The reserve of law in the Dominican and Spanish constitutions.

On August 30, the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, submitted to the Chamber of Deputies the short list to replace the president of the Board of Directors of the National Commission for the Defense of Competition (ProCompetencia), Yolanda Martínez, who on the next 16 September completes his term at the institution.

In this shortlist, in addition to Elena Vásquez, Iónides de Moya Ruiz, Fior D ‘Aliza Alduey Mercedes, César Ariel Gómez and Dangela Ramírez Guzmán were included.

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