Town crier Festivities 2022

Susana Sanz Caballero

The Governing Board of the Society of Festeros, at the proposal of its president, has appointed Susana Sanz Caballero, professor of International Public Law at the CEU Cardenal Herrera University of Valencia, as the Town Crier for the Moors and Christians festivities of 2022.

Susana Sanz was appointed by the Ministry of Justice as an ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), based in Strasbourg.

She holds a degree in Law from the University of Valencia, a PhD in Law from the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló, a Masters in Advanced Studies in Social Sciences from the Juan March Institute of Studies and Research (1992-1993), and a Diploma from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg (1994).

Professor Susana Sanz Caballero, who teaches on the Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and Political Science at CEU UCH, holds the Jean Monnet Chair, awarded by the European Commission and dedicated to “The Future of Europe: the Union of Values and Human Rights”. This is her second Jean Monnet Chair, after the one obtained in 2004 in the field of European integration. Sanz is also an expert member of the European Commission for the LifeLong Learning Programme, which brings together EU-sponsored programmes in the field of science, education and culture, such as Erasmus, Jean Monnet and Leonardo. She is also an expert for the European Executive Research Agency.

A graduate of the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (IIDH)-Fondation René Cassin, Susana Sanz is currently Vice-President of the Association des Amis de la IIDH, based in Strasbourg. Among the recognitions received by the Valencian jurist, the award of the Academy of Human Rights of the American University, Washington, and the Ángel Herrera prize for the best research work stand out.

As principal investigator of the “CEDRI-International Protection of Human Rights” Group at CEU UCH, Susana Sanz’s research career focuses on the analysis of the protection of fundamental rights in different areas, such as armed conflicts and childhood, and on international humanitarian law. She has been one of the researchers participating in the European ATLAS Project, for the protection of rights in armed conflicts, and has participated in the elaboration of the guide of good practices for senior foreign policy commanders and the code of conduct for soldiers.

In recent years, Susana Sanz has delivered the opening speech of the Hungarian Supreme Court in 2016; she has trained judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Human Rights as an EU advisor to countries such as Brazil and Peru; and she has been invited by the European Commission to a meeting of 50 experts in Tunisia to analyse the situation of minors arriving alone in Europe and the Union’s asylum and refugee policies.

Author of more than 90 scientific articles and publications, her most recent work includes her participation as co-author of the book ‘The future of Europe’, edited by professors from the Universities of Lisbon and Geneva. This volume has recently been presented to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and has been congratulated by the French President Emmanuel Macron.

Granddaughter of Joaquín Sanz Aura, to whom the maestro Jose Mª Ferrero would dedicate his most international Moorish march, daughter of Joaquín Sanz Cardenal, festero Kabila, Susana was part of the Moors and Christians Festivities until she was 12 years old.

She was lady-in-waiting of the court during the reign of her sister Natacha in 1985, the year in which her father was also Primer Trò of the Kabila group.


She is the granddaughter, daughter, niece and cousin of Kabilas.