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Manuel Atienza receives the Honoris Causa degree from the University of Valparaíso


Alicante, 19 November 2010

Professor in Jurisprudence, at the University of Alicante, Manuel Atienza, received, on Friday, 19 November, the conferment of the doctor honoris causa degree by the University of Valparaiso (Chile). This recognition is based on his extensive and valuable academic work, with great repercussion in the Spanish-speaking countries, especially in the Theory of Interpretation and Legal Argumentation and the Theory of Law and Jurisprudence. The awarding ceremony, delivered by the University of Valparaíso’s Presidente, Aldo Valle Acevedo, is scheduled at 12.00 noon, at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences’ Council Chamber.

The President of the University of Valparaiso, announced this merit - recognized by his institution- on 29 October, whose proposal was presented by Professor Augustine Squella Narducci. The proposal, raised to the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, was approved by the Central Academic Committee.

In a letter sent by the director of the School of Law, at the University of Valparaiso, Ricardo Alvarado Saavedra, he highlights "the important and influential academic work, nationally and internationally recognized, both as a researcher and author of books and other publications, especially focusing on issues of legal and judicial argumentation, and as editor of the most prestigious journals in the field of Theory of Law and Jurisprudence, as is the case of the Doxa journal".

Manuel Atienza curriculum:

Manuel Atienza was born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1951. He studied a law degree at the University of Oviedo and later took a doctoral degree in law at the same university in 1976 with a thesis on jurisprudence in Argentina. He has taught at several Spanish universities: Oviedo, Valencia, Autónoma de Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Palma de Mallorca and Alicante. He has also developed research stays at the universities of Buenos Aires, Milan, Mainz, Harvard, Genoa and Cornell.

Based in Alicante since 1983, he has resolutely contributed in turning the Department of Jurisprudence at the University in one of the most outstanding worldwide. He directed, since 1984, the journal Cuadernos Doxa-Philosophy of Law, which testifies the great development that jurisprudence has taken in the Latin world during the last quarter century: the publication now includes more than thirty numbers in whole, with not less than fifteen thousand pages and several hundred articles of philosophers of law from most countries in Europe and America covering virtually all topics of the discipline. Recently, he directs -at the University of Alicante’s Department of Jurisprudence- a postgraduate course in Legal Argumentation (annually offered), attended by the main theoreticians in legal argumentation and several hundred professionals (mostly, judges from various Latin American countries) and he is one of the rare examples of successful articulation between theory and legal practice.

For nearly four decades of teaching and research, he has directed numerous doctoral dissertations, has been "main researcher" on several research projects funded by the Ministry of Education of Spain and has organized more than fifty meetings and conferences nationally and internationally. For 20 years, he has taught a seminar on legal argumentation within the framework of the European Master’s Programme on the Theory of Law in Brussels. He has given lectures and courses in many countries of Europe and America. In 2009, he was invited by the University of Warsaw and the Polish Ombudsman to deliver the prestigious annual conference Petrazycki. Since 1997, he is a member of the Spanish Ministry of Health’s National Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction. He is also a member of management boards or drafting of various publications such as Anales de la Cátedra F. Suárez”, “El Cronista”, “Constitución y Derecho privado”, “Isonomía”, “Teoría” o “Analisi e diritto”.. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Consiglio Scientifico della Scuola di Dottorato in Diritto e diritto sovranazionale internal Palermo University and a patron of the Foundation "Legal Symposium Europe."He has participated in several Latin American Judicial Summits by way of expert and author, with Rodolfo Vigo, the "Latin American Model Code of Judicial Ethics, adopted in Lisbon in 2005, within the framework of the 13th Ibero-American Judicial Summit.

His contribution to the development of jurisprudence at the international level focuses primarily on participation in the World Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR). He has been, on several occasions, the main speaker at world conferences organized by that institution. From 1995 to 2007, he was a member of its Executive Committee. And from 1999 to 2007, he was the IVR’s Vice President. Within the Association, he decisively contributed in the promotion of jurisprudence in the Latin countries and he was one of the organizers of the 2005 World Conference, held in Granada with the title of "Law and Justice in a Global Society."

Manuel Atienza is the author of several hundred articles and numerous books that have been influential both in theory and practice of law in Spain and Latin America.

He has recently been awarded honorary doctor degrees by several Latin American universities: University of Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil, University San Gregorio, in Portoviejo (Ecuador), National University of Buenos Aires, Catholic University of Lima.

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