Javier Balza

Partner since 2013 ––– Bilbao
Member no. 1325 of the Vizcaya Bar Association
Main practice areas
  • English



Javier Balza joined the firm as a consultant on constitutional and administrative law matters in 2009. He was named partner in 2013.

He began his career in local government as a legal advisor to Basauri Town Council and then joined the central legal service of the Basque Government.

He has held various positions in the Basque Country regional government (Director of Legislative Development, Director of the Legal System, Deputy Minister for the Legal System and Regional Development and Secretary General of the Vice-President’s Office), where he has was directly responsible for:

  • The development of the Basque Country’s Statute of Autonomy, including the implementation and financing of the transfer of powers between the Basque and State Governments on matters such as health, justice, education, water and toll roads.
  • The preparation and analysis of draft legislation.
  • Representing the regional government in court, particularly the administrative courts and the Constitutional Court.

He has served on the Basque Country government’s Joint Committee on Transfers and the Joint Commission for European Affairs.

From January 1999 to May 2009 he served as the Minister of Interior of the Basque Country regional government, and was elected to parliament in 2001 and 2005.

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  • Law Degree, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, 1980
  • Ph.D. Course, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, 1982

Professional associations

  • Álava Bar Association

Teaching activity

Between 1990 and 1999, Javier lectured on several postgraduate courses at the Universidad del País Vasco. He is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and summer courses organised by universities and regional and national institutions.

Recent publications

  • La reforma de la Ley de Costas

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    Javier Balza, Mª José Gutiérrez Hernández, Elena Picó. In Actualidad Jurídica Uría Menéndez, n.º 35, 2013

  • Javier Balza. In European Inklings (EUi), n.º1, 2013

  • Javier Balza. In Revista Andaluza de Administración Pública, n.º 18, 1994

  • Javier Balza. In Estudios sobre el Estatuto de Autonomía del País Vasco, vol. II. AA. VV (Autor). Oñati: Gobierno Vasco, Instituto Vasco de Administración Pública, 1991

  • Javier Balza. In CEUMT, 1988