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UA Professor Manuel Atienza receives his 7th honorary doctorate degree


Alicante, 26th March 2012

Manuel Atienza, Professor of Philosophy of Law, will receive two new confernments of honorary doctorates from the Peruvian Universities of Trujillo in Peru and San Marcos in Lima. With these two new appointments, Atienza owns a total of seven confernments of honorary doctorate degrees, a widespread recognition that bases his extensive and valuable academic work, with great impact on Spanish-speaking countries, especially in the Theory of Interpretation and Legal Argumentation, as well as the Theory and Philosophy of Law.

The inauguration events will take place on Friday, 30th March, at the University of Trujillo and 2nd April, at San Marcos University in Lima.

Manuel Atienza Curriculum

Manuel Atienza was born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1951. He studied law at the University of Oviedo and later obtained a doctorate degree in law from the same university in 1976 with a thesis on the philosophy of law in Argentina. He has taught at several Spanish universities: Oviedo, Valencia, Autonomous of Madrid, Alcala 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 decisively contributed in turning the Department of Philosophy of Law at the University into one of the most recognized centres on the Philosophy of Law  worldwide. He is the Director, since 1984, of the Doxa-Journal of Philosophy of Law, which testifies to the great development that has taken the philosophy of law in the Latin world during the last quarter century: the publication today includes more than thirty numbers in whole, with no less than fifteen thousand pages and hundreds of articles by philosophers of law of almost all countries in Europe and America covering virtually all topics of the discipline. In recent years, he directs the Department of Philosophy of Law at the University of Alicante, a postgraduate programme in Legal Argumentation (published annually). This programme has been attended by the major theorists on Legal Argumentation and hundreds of professionals (the majority, judges from the various Latin American countries) and 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 theses, has been "main researcher" on several research projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and has organized more than fifty conferences and lectures nationally and internationally. For 20 years, he has taught a seminar on Legal Argumentation under the European Master's Programme in 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 give the prestigious annual conference Petrazycki. Since 1997, he has been a member of the Spanish Ministry for Health's National Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction. He is a member of some managing and drafting boards of several publications as “Anales de la Cátedra F. Suárez”, “El Cronista”, “Constitución y Derecho privado”, “Isonomía”, “Teoría” or “Analisi e diritto”. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Autonomous University of Madrid and of the School of the Scientific Board of the Doctoral Programme in International and Internal Law at the Palermo University and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation "European Judicial Colloquium". He has participated in several Ibero-American Judicial Summits as an expert and he is the author, with Rodolfo Vigo, of the “Código Modelo Iberoamericano de Ética Judicial” (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 philosophy of law in the international scope focuses primarily on his participation in the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR). He has been, on several occasions, keynote speaker at the world conferences organized by this institution. From 1995 to 2007, he was a member of its Executive Committee. And from 1999 to 2007, he was the Vice Chairman of IVR. Within the Association, he has decisively contibuted in promoting the philosophy of law in Latin countries and 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 has written 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 some honorary doctorates by several Latin American universities: University of Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil, San Gregorio University of Portoviejo (Ecuador), National University of Buenos Aires Catholic University of Lima.

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