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Monday,25 June 2018

On Thursday 14th June the CEPC hosted a panel discussion on “the Preambles of the 1931 and 1978 Constitutions”.  During the discussion speeches were made by D. Raúl Morodo, Professor of Constitutional Law, D. Enrique Bacigalupo, Professor of Penal Law, y D. J. Manuel Gómez Bravo, Doctor in Law at the UAH. 

During the act they compared the constitutions of 31 and 78, which according to Gómez Bravo are both “modernizing constitutions, of Fabian inspiration and of hope”. D. Raúl Morodo highlighted the intricacies of the preamble of 78, which “was created by chance” and had a “ideological roof of democracy”. Afterwards, Bacigalupo explained the circumstances, in which the constitution of 38 was written, a constitution which clearly represents “Europe at the beginning of the 20th century”. Gómez Bravo brought the event to an end by comparing the similarities between two. 

Wednesday,13 June 2018

Yesterday the Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas (RACMYP) hosted the final session of the round of debates on 40 years of Constitution. The event, which was organised alongside the CEPC, discussed the topic of the future of Constitutional Spain.

During the event there were presentations from D. Miguel Herrero de Miñón, D. Santiago Muñoz Machado and D. Benigno Pendás, as well as contributions from D. Juan Velarde and D. José Manuel Romay Beccaría.  

Tuesday,05 June 2018

On Monday 4th June the CEPC hosted the award ceremony for the Tomás y Valiente prize, given to the best piece of academic work on the Constitution or Constitutional Justice. This last year the prize was given to D. Alejandro Saiz Arnaiz from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra Barcelona. 

During the event there were four speeches, from D. Benigno Pendás, the Director of the CEPC, D. José Luis Cascajo Castro, Professor of Constitutional Law at the Universidad de Salamanca, D. Juan José González Rivas, the President of the Constitutional Court and the author of the winning work himself. Everyone showed their approval for the “well-refined work” by Saiz Arnaiz which addresses constitutional processes and guarantees at a national and European level.

The award is given in the memory of Excmo. Sr. D. Francisco Tomás y Valiente, “a great legal and human personality” (Juan José González Rivas), who according to Pendás “encarnates the best aspects of Constitutional Spain”. 

Thursday,31 May 2018

On 28th May the CEPC hosted the book launch of the work “Constitutional Reform” in the Salón de Tapices. The event was well-attended and speakers included Dᵃ. Esther González Hernández, deputy director for Publications and Documentation, D. Javier Vieira Morante, President of the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid, D. Jesús Núñez, President of the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio and the book´s coordinator, D. Javier López de Goicoechea          

The work discusses the different possibilities for reforming the constitution, which according to Javier Vieria, “is a highly delicate matter” and “of great interest”. The President of the TSJM and the coordinator of the book both highlighted the variety of studies in the work, such as those on electoral law and neo-constitutionalism. D. Javier López thanked the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio for their support in the project, as well as the contributors for their “bold submissions”. 
Tuesday,22 May 2018

D. Rafael Rubio, D. Wilhelm Hofmeister y D. José Tudela Aranda inauguraron la jornada bilingüe en el que intervinieron D. Roland Theis, Dᵃ Maria Bertel, Dᵃ Ana Carmona y D. Mario Kölling. Theis destacó la larga tradición de federalismo en Alemania, que es “un objeto de debate casi cotidiano” en el país. Asimismo, Bertel explicó que la participación de los Länder austríacos fue importante incluso antes de su integración en la Unión Europea. Por último, Ana Carmona subrayó la historia más reciente del regionalismo en España.

Clausuró la jornada D. Juan Ignacio Romero Sánchez, con la afirmación de que “la construcción de la Unión Europea es completamente compatible con la construcción de las entidades regionales”. 

Friday,18 May 2018

On 10th May, the CEPC hosted the third session of debates to celebrate 40 years of the Constitution on the socio-cultural transition. The event was organised alongside the Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas. 

During the event, contributions were made from D. Julio Iglesias de Ussel, Dña. Adela Cortina, D. Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, D. Luís Alberto de Cuenca y D. Juan Manuel Bonet. All of the speakers highlighted the various dimensions of the transition, which was as political as it was socio-cultural and ethical. According to Julio Iglesias “everything has changed in Spain since the Transition”, as it now has a completely different image to that of the 50s.

Cortina´s speech focused on the change from a “ethical monism to a moral pluralism” whereas Lamo spoke about the process of normalization of Spain, in Europe and in the world. In addition, they debated the impact of the changes to education, which were both good and bad for Luís Alberto de Cuenca. The event was brought to a close by the Director of the Instituto de Cervantes, Juan Manuel Bonet, who described the transition as “the years of the satirical press, cinema, publishers, political painting and the explosion of freedom.” 
Friday,18 May 2018

On 10th May the CEPC hosted a conference on participatory innovations in Spain. The act was organised alongside the Grupo de Investigación en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas (GIGAPP) and representatives from all over the country attended to give their contributions.

The conference was made up of three tracks in which these respresentatives presented innovations from their respective administrations and councils. Each of them had implemented a different strategy to encourage participation in their community, from Alcobendas where they have started to explore the possibilities of Blockchain, to the Basque Country where they are using an online platform to create a shared memory of the violence that occurred there.

For Beatriz Palacio and Eduardo Taid from Aragón, it is about creating “a social network, which is different from social networks”. This sentiment was shared by the other speakers, who each showed the various forms that innovation can take. 

Friday,27 April 2018



The Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales is participating again this year in the “Welcome to the Palace” programme, organized by the Comunidad de Madrid´s General Directorate of Cultural Heritage. It aims to promote the twenty or so palaces found in Madrid, through visits, concerts and conferences. 

Throughout August, the Palacio de Godoy will be open for visitors. You must sign up for a visit online, at www.bienvenidosapalacio2018.es, where you can also find a variety of information on the programme. 



 El Palacio de Godoy

Monday,23 April 2018

On Thursday 19th April the CEPC hosted the second seminar on “Europe and Labour” as part of the University Master´s in Constitutional Law. The first panel was made up of D. Jesús Cruz Villalón, Professor of Labour Law and Social Security Law at the University of Seville and D. Stefano Giubboni, Professor of Labour Law in the University of Perugia. The former speaker highlighted the history of the difficult relationship between fundamental labour rights and economic freedoms within Europe, while the latter focused on the protection of labour rights in the jurisprudence of the Courts of Justice. This panel was then followed by a second in which D. Luis Jimena Quesada, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia and Ex-president of the European Committee on Social Rights, and D ª Carmen Salcedo Beltrán, Professor of Labour Law and Social Security Law also at the University of Valencia. Salcedo outlined the role of the lesser-known European Social Charter and its influence on labour law in Spain and further afield and the seminar was brought to an close by Jimena Quesada whose contribution was defined by the statement that “when addressing basic rights, you cannot be neutral, you have to defend them”.

En la primera mesa contamos con la intervención de D. Jesús Cruz Villalón, Catedrático de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social en la U. de Sevilla y  D. Stefano Giubboni, Profesor Titular de Derecho del Trabajo en la Universidad de Perugia. El primero destacó la historia de la relación difícil entre los derechos fundamentales laborales y las libertades económicas en Europa mientras que el segundo se centró en la protección de los derechos fundamentales laborales en la jurisprudencia del Tribunal de Justicia.

Esta mesa fue seguida por otra en la que intervinieron D. Luis Jimena Quesada, Catedrático de Derecho Constitucional en la U. de Valencia y Ex Presidente del Comité Europeo de Derechos Sociales y D.ª Carmen Salcedo Beltrán, Profesora Titular de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social en la U. de Valencia. Salcedo señaló el papel de la Carta Social Europea y su influencia en el derecho del trabajo en España y en el extranjero. Clausuró el seminario Jimena Quesada quien declaró que  “cuando se habla de derechos fundamentales no hay que ser neutral, hay que defenderlos”.
Wednesday,18 April 2018

El pasado 17 de abril, junto con la Junta de Gobierno del Colegio de Registradores de España, presentamos el libro “Un Tribunal para la Constitución”.

Intervinieron en el acto el director del CEPC, Benigno Pendás, la decana del Colegio de Registradores de España, Dᵃ María Emilia Adán, y el presidente del Tribunal Constitucional, D. Juan José González Rivas. Todos mostraron su satisfacción con el libro, que Pendás describió como un “homenaje a la generación de juristas que puso en marcha la interpretación de la mejor Constitución de la historia de España”.