Carmen Pombo Morales


“I believe in the power of law to fight against poverty and social injustice; I chose some time ago to make this my professional project”.

“Carmen is an international lawyer and a firm defender of human rights and the rule of law who has undertaken innovative social projects with passion, rigor and great success.”
2019-present: LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation, Patron.
2012-2016: Save the Children España, Patron.
2010-2012: Clarke Modet & Co. Member of the Board of Directors.
2010-present: Fundación Fernando Pombo. Founder and director.
2008-2010: Príncipe Felipe Research Centre. Transfer of technology.
2005-2011: Propi. Member of the Board of Directors.
1998-2008: Clarke, Modet & Co. Industrial and Intellectual Property Lawyer. Director of International Development.
2003-2008:Clarke Modet & Co. Secretary of the Board of Directors.
2000: Race Relations Commissioner: Intern. Auckland, New Zealand.
1999: Data Protection Agency: Intern. Auckland, New Zealand.
English, French and German..
“Business for the rule of law”, United Nations Foundation, New York 2019.
“Defending the rule of law”, IBA Annual Conference, Seoul 2019.
“Rule of law symposium: Best practices to address the persecution of lawyers and judges and threats to the independence of the legal profession – what we can do”, IBA Annual Conference, Seoul 2019.
Buenas prácticas de abogacía Pro Bono (Good practices in pro bono law), Spanish Law Conference General Conference of Spanish Law, Valladolid 2019.
Abogacía del futuro: DD.HH. y empresas (Law of the future: Human Rights and businesses) Bar Association of Bizkaia, Bilbao 2019.
“Business, human rights and poverty: strategic advantages and a lawyer’s personal responsibility” IBA Annual Conference, Rome 2018.
“Rule of Law symposium: Business for the Rule of Law”, IBA Annual Conference, Rome 2018.
El desarrollo del Pro Bono en la Abogacía: análisis comparado y experiencia en España (Pro bono practice in law: a comparative analysis and experience in Spain) Pro Bono Legal Conference, General Spanish Law Council, Madrid 2018.
ODS 16: Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas: acceso a la Justicia, (ODS 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions: Access to justice) A legal profession for the 2030 agenda conference, General Council of Spanish Law, Madrid 2018.
Retos Abogacía y Sociedad (Legal Challenges and Society) BBrainers, Madrid 2018.
“Rule of Law symposium: the anti-corruption revolution in Latin America” IBA Annual Conference, Sydney 2017.
“Rule of Law Symposium: the politics of judicial appointments” IBA Annual Conference, Sydney 2017.
“Poverty in rich countries”, IBA Annual Conference, Sydney 2017.
“Responsible Growth: The Business and Economic Incentive for the Advancement of the Rule of Law and Protection of Human Rights” Union Internationale d’Avocats Annual Conference, Toronto 2017.
“Social Entrepreneurship: a way for law firms to do good and do well”, American Bar Association Section of International Law, New York, 2017.
“Violence against women” European Pro Bono Forum, Budapest 2017.
“Abogacía Pro Bono para la transformación social” (Pro bono law for social transformation)  El Tiempo de los Derechos(The time of rights) International Conference, Univ. Carlos III, Madrid 2017.
“Building a pro bono infrastructure”, IBA Annual Conference, Washington 2016.
“Low Bono, Entrepreneurship and Society” IBA Annual Conference, Washington 2016.
“Corporate lawyers 2.0 – specialised in sustainability and human rights” IBA Annual Conference, Washington 2016.
“Practicing Law with Respect to Human Rights” European Pro Bono Forum, Amsterdam 2016.
Expert in public interest international law, leader of the Foundation since its creation. An international pioneer in promoting social responsibility in the legal profession, the development of pro bono legal practice, the Legal Clinics and the role of lawyers in the implementation of the main guiding principles of businesses and human rights.
2019-present: IBA Poverty and Social Development Committee, Advisor.
2017 -present: IBA Rule of Law Forum, co-chair.
2017-present: IBA Section Public & Professional Division Council, Advisor.
2017-present: CEEILI Institute for the Rule of Law, Advisor.
2015-present: Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Navarra, Advisor.
2015-2018 IBA Pro Bono Committee, Vice-Chair.
2014-2016: PILnet (Public Interest Law Global Network), Pro Bono Council.
2014-2018: IBA Poverty and Social Development Committee, Vice-Chair.
2007-2008 IBA Young Lawyers Committee, Chair and creator.
Responsabilidad social de la abogacía” (Social responsibility of the legal profession) Master’s for Access to the Bar, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (8h) 2013 – 2020
“Business Ethics: The New Role of Corporate Lawyers” McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Summer Program in Salzburg, (14h) 2016.
Responsabilidad social de la abogacía” (Social responsibility of the legal profession) Master’s for Access to the Bar, ICADE (5h) 2013 – 2016
La abogacía solidaria. La responsabilidad social de la abogacía” (Humanitarian law. Social responsibility of the legal profession) Pompeu Fabra (8h) 2014.
Multiple courses at the following universities: Universidad de Navarra, CEU, Deusto, ESADE, IE University, Univ. de Cantabria, Univ. Católica de Valencia, Univ. Europea de Madrid, Univ. de Sevilla, Univ. de Valencia, Univ. de Alcalá, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid, Univ. de Castilla la Mancha, Univ. Complutense de Madrid, Univ. Internacional de Cataluña, UNIR, Univ. de Murcia, Georgetown Univ., Lomonosov Moscow State University.
“Pro Bono through blockchain” Pro Bono Committee News, Newsletter of the International Bar Association Public (IBA) and Professional Interest Division, 2020. Alejandra Martín and Carmen Pombo.
“Social entrepreneurship: a strategic growth area for law firms in the 2020s” chapter in Modern Legal Practice, Globe Law and Business 2020. Norman Clark and Carmen Pombo.
Podcast: “Poverty and the Rule of Law” IBA Rule of Law Forum and IBA Poverty and Social Development Committee, Carmen Pombo and Ian McDougall.
EL ARTE DE ABOGAR III: Abogacía Pro Bono: cambiar el mundo también es cosa de abogados (THE ART OF LAW III: Pro bono law: changing the world is also a task for lawyers” Revista Abogacía, of the Spanish General Law Council. January 2018. Carmen Pombo.
“Overview of significant rule of law issues in the world: 2017. Report of the Rule of Law Forum of the International Bar Association” 2018. Homer Moyer and Carmen Pombo.
Publicación por la Asociación Internacional de la Abogacía (IBA) de la Guía sobre DD.HH. y empresas para abogados de negocios (Publication by the International Bar Association (IBA) of the Guide on Human Rights and businesses for business lawyers” Carmen Pombo. Revista de Derecho de Sociedades 2017 Núm. 49
“The legal profession, poverty and social exclusion in Spain” Access to Justice and Legal Assistance Committee, Newsletter of the IBA, 2016. Carmen Pombo and Carolina Posse Van der Laat.
Specialisation in Foundation Management
2010: CEU, Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeos.
Master in Business Administration (MBA)
2005-2006: San Pablo CEU, Business School
Legal advisor for companies
1993-1998: Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE – E1).
1996-1997: Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany (ERASMUS).
1998: McGeorge School of Law, Salzburg, Austria. Fundamental Rights in Europe and the U.S.
1996: Georgetown University, Washington D.C.. Public Speaking. Improved performance.