The University of Alicante will pay tribute to Professor Ramón Martín Mateo
International reference in Environmental Law and President of UA UPV/EHU, will give his name to the Graduation Hall of the Faculty of Law.
Alicante. Wednesday, 22 September 2015
Regarded as one of the parents of Environmental Law in Spain, an international reference in this field, professor in Administrative Law, distinguished jurist, stateman, exceptional university figure, the University of Alicante will pay tribute to the memory of Professor Ramón Martín Mateo. The ceremony will be held on Friday, 25 September,at 11.30 am at the Graduation Hall of the Faculty of Law and will be presided over by University of Alicante President Manuel Palomar.
The tribute was made possible thanks to the involvement of several university authorities coordinated by the Institutional Relations Office in collaboration with the Department of State Legal Studies, the Faculty of Law, the Institute for Water Management and the Spanish Association of Environmental Law (ADAME) where the guest of honour played a fundamental role.
During the ceremony, with a strict academic nature, a video produced by the UA General Foundation Image Workshop will be projected in collaboration with the Communication Office and will be attended by authorities related to the several profiles of Ramón Martín Mateo, as well as his relatives, disciples and public figures. As part of the programme, Dean of the Faculty of Pedro Femenía, Professor of the Department of State Legal Studies Juan José Diez, lecturer from the Institute for Water Management and Environmental Sciences Daniel Prats and acting president of the Spanish Association of Environmental Law (ADAME) Javier Serrano will participate in the ceremony. A speech by the university president will close the ceremony with the unveiling of a plaque at the entrance of the hall, with which the notable professor will give to the Graduation Hall of the Faculty of Law from that moment.
An international academic reference
The brilliant career of Ramón Martín Mateo (1928, Valladolid- Alicante, 2014) was marked by many commitments and responsibilities, both nationwide and internationally. Apart from being a president of the University of Alicante and the Basque Country, he was an expert of the United Nations for several projects in the 70's, codirector of the EEC Centre for Sustainable Development in Buenos Aires, an elected member of the Council of State (1990-2003), a member of the National Water Council, Director of the Institute for Water Management and President of the Spanish Association of Environmental Law from its creation, one of his initiatives in 1989.
He was awarded with outstanding honours such as the Order of Civil Merit, the Spanish National Award on the Environment (1992), Rey Jaume I Award to the protection of the environment (2000), the Justicia Award from the Valencia Government (2001), the Spanish Energy Club Award (2005), as well as several honorary doctoral degrees from some Latin American and Spanish universities (from Leon, Basque Country, 'Rovira y Virgili' and Murcia).
With 42 books published, over 300 specialised articles and over 30 doctoral theses supervised, he was a “creative innovator university member committed to society and the environment, precursor of undeniable progress of our Public Law and regarded as the father of the Spanish Environmental Law, as stated by Juan Jose Diez who does not hesitate to describe his academic and research activity as commendable.