Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias

Doctor: Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias
Proposal: Faculty of Law
Sponsor: Prof. Dr. José Alejandro del Valle Gálvez
Celebration: Royal Theatre of las Cortes, San Fernando, 20th of October 2010
Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias was born in Gijón (Asturias) in 1946. He graduated in Law from the University of Oviedo in 1968 and obtained a PhD in Law in 1975. He was Assistant Professor and Professor of International Law at the Universities of Oviedo, Autónoma de Madrid and Complutense , and in Germany at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau. After passing in 1982 the public examination for Professor of Public International Law, he occupied the Chairs of Extremadura, Granada and Complutense University of Madrid. He is the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair of European Community Law, since 2004.

With our entry into the EC. In 1986, Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias was named the first Spanish Judge in the Court of Justice of Luxembourg, where he has played a good part of his professional life. In this judicial function he has been Judge, but also President of this European Institution, from 1994 to 2003, being elected and re-elected by his colleagues for this presidential function on three occasions. At the end of his third term in 2003 he was reintegrated into Spanish university life. His legacy as Judge and President of the European Court for almost 18 years, and his work advocating a generous interpretation in favor of integration and European citizens, has been widely recognized in Europe, as shown in the Homage Book Une communauté de droit. Festschrift für Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias, Berlin 2003, book written in the languages ​​that he dominates, Castilian, English, French and German.

As an academic specialist in European Union law, he has devoted a large part of his scientific output to the role of European law and its relationship with national laws and the Constitutional and Supreme Courts of the Member States, in particular as regards interpretation and Judicial application, and protection of human rights.

Linked to the Advisory Council of the most prestigious legal Journals of European Law, he is Co-Director of the Journal of European Community Law, former Magazine of European Institutions, which he helped to found in 1974.

In 2003 he won the Walter Hallstein Prize for his contribution to the European integration process. In 2005, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe entrusted him the Chair of the Group of Wise Men to examine the long-term effectiveness of the monitoring mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights

He is currently Director of the Elcano Royal Institute and President of both the Spanish Association for the Study of European Law and the International Federation of European Law.

He has received, among other Spanish and European distinctions: Cross of Honor of the Order of Saint Raimundo de Peñafort, Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, Great Cross of the Order of the Phoenix of the Hellenic Republic, Great Cross of the National Order Star Great Cross of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Grand Officier of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic, and Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic.

He is Honorary Doctorate by the Universities of Oviedo, Turin of Italy, Babes-Bolyai of Romania, Saar in Germany, and San Clemente of Ohrid in Bulgaria.