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The University's Law School School celebrates its 70th anniversary

The University of Navarra Law School School celebrates this year its 70th anniversary since October 17, 1952, when classes began at classroom , located in the Chamber of Comptos. This is our history. These are our pioneers.  

 

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  • 1952

    First academic center of the University

    The history of School of Law began and has developed in parallel to that of the University itself.

    The School was the first academic center of the then Estudio General de Navarra. Classes began in October 1952, in premises provided by the Diputación Foral in the Cámara de Comptos. Soon these classrooms were insufficient and were expanded with others on the upper floor of the building of the Museum of Navarre, which was also provided by the Provincial Council.

    First academic center of the University
  • 1952

    Academic staff

    Eight professors formed the first faculty of the School Law School. Ismael Sánchez Bella was its first Dean. In 1954 he was replaced by Ángel López-Amo, who occupied the position until his death in 1956. Sánchez Bella then began his second term as Dean, until 1962.

    Academic staff
  • 1952-1953

    First students

    The 1952-53 academic year started with 41 students. Ángel María Iraburu was the first student who enrolled at School in Law. He enrolled in two subjects. José Javier Azcárate was the first student to enroll in the first full course, paying 1,000 pesetas.

    The honor of being the first student of the School (and, therefore, of the University), is also disputed by Fernando López Jacoiste. Although in 1952 he was already studying Law at the University of Saragossa, he re-enrolled in the first year at the Estudio General de Navarra.

    First students
  • 1959-1960

    seminar room of Professors

    In the 1959/60 academic year, the work of the seminar room de Profesores began. The activities and topics of the seminar room soon gave rise to papers and research, and consolidated the collection of legal monographs of the School.

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  • 1962

    Francisco Sancho Rebullida

    After Ismael Sánchez Bella, Francisco Sancho Rebullida was appointed Dean of Law. He had joined the School as a professor of "Civil Law". He was, later, University Secretary of the University.

    Francisco Sancho Rebullida
  • 1963

    Central Building

    In October 1963, the School Law School moved into part of Central Building, whose construction was then unfinished. The Office of the Dean of the School was installed in the area of Office of the Executive Council until it had its own building.

    Central Building
  • 1966

    Jorge Carreras

    In 1966, he assumed the position of Dean Jorge Carreras. He remained so until 1973, when he was appointed President of the University of Barcelona. In 1994, at proposal of the School, Carreras was invested honorary doctor by the University.

    Jorge Carreras
  • 1973

    Javier Hervada

    Jorge Carreras was succeeded as Dean in 1973 by Professor Javier Hervada, a renowned canonist.

    Recognized with the Cross of Honor of San Raimundo de Peñafort, his Office of the Dean lasted until 1984, when he was replaced by Professor Juan Fornés.

    Javier Hervada
  • 1984

    Juan Fornés

    In 1984, Juan Fornés, student of the VI promotion of the School, became the first former student of the University to become Dean. He remained so until 1987, when Professor José Antonio Doral was appointed.

    Juan Fornés
  • 1986

    School of Law internship

    The School of Law internship was established in 1986. Its goal is fill in the training of the students of the School providing them with practical training for the practice of the various legal professions, especially the legal profession.

    School of Law internship
  • 1987

    José Antonio Doral

    In 1987, José Antonio Doral was appointed Dean. He served for three years, until 1990, when he was replaced by Professor Faustino Cordón.

    José Antonio Doral
  • 1988

    First Master's Degree

    In 1988, the first Master's Degree of the School, the Master's Degree University Law Program was launched at business. advisory service In the following decades, the Master's Degree in Tax Law, the Access to the Legal Profession, Human Rights and Digital Law were also launched.

    First Master's Degree
  • 1990

    Faustino Cordón

    In 1990, Professor Faustino Cordón was appointed Dean of the School. He remained at position for 6 years, until 1996, when he was replaced by Professor Rafael Domingo.

    Faustino Cordón
  • 1991

    Law Building

    The Law building, designed by architects Rafael Echaide, Mariano González and Juan Miguel Otxotorena, was inaugurated on October 3, 1991. It had a simple and sober exterior, with 5 classrooms and space for Office of the Dean and administrative office.

    Law Building
  • 1996

    Rafael Domingo

    1996 was the year in which Professor Rafael Domingo was appointed Dean of the School. He remained so until 1999, when he was replaced by Julio Muerza.

    Rafael Domingo
  • 1998

    award Sancho Rebullida

    In 1998, the School of Law constituted, together with the publishing house Aranzadi and the Fundación Caja Navarra, the award Sancho Rebullida, in report of the former professor and Dean of the School. Its goal is to award the best Spanish doctoral thesis in Civil Law.

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  • 1999

    Julio Muerza

    In 1999, Professor Julio Muerza was appointed Dean of the School. His Office of the Dean lasted until 2005, when he was replaced by Professor Pablo Sánchez-Ostiz.

    Julio Muerza
  • 1999

    Álvaro D'Ors, award Príncipe de Viana for Culture

    Also in 1999, Professor Álvaro d'Ors, one of the first of the School, received the award Príncipe de Viana de la Cultura. A few months earlier, he had been decorated with the Grand Cross of San Raimundo de Peñafort.

    Álvaro D'Ors, award Príncipe de Viana for Culture
  • 2002

    classroom of Parliamentary Law

    In 2002 the classroom of Parliamentary Law was created as a result of a agreement between the University and the Parliament of Navarra to "be an instrument at the service of the university community, aimed at deepening the study of the political and parliamentary system".

    classroom of Parliamentary Law
  • 2005

    Pablo Sánchez-Ostiz

    In 2005, Pablo Sánchez-Ostiz assumed the position of Dean. When in 2013, he was appointed Vice President, Jorge Noval replaced him at the head of School.

    Pablo Sánchez-Ostiz
  • 2011

    Joseph Weiler, 'honorary doctor'

    Since 1964, the University has conferred 6 honorary doctorates to proposal from School Law. The last one, Joseph Weiler, in 2011.

    - Miguel Sancho Izquierdo (1964)
    - Guilherme Braga da Cruz (1967)
    - Paul Ourliac (1972)
    - Jorge Carreras (1994)
    - Francesco Cossiga (1994)
    - Mary Ann Glendon (2003)
    - Joseph Weiler (2011)

    Joseph Weiler, 'honorary doctor'
  • 2012

    Amigos Building

    In 2012, the new Amigos Building, designed by Juan Miguel Otxotorena, was inaugurated. The building modified the landscape of campus and the Law building itself, which was integrated into it. Both now share a façade.

    Amigos Building
  • 2013

    Jorge Noval

    In 2013, Professor Jorge Noval was appointed Dean of the School. He served until 2022, when he was replaced by Professor Mercedes Galán.

    Jorge Noval
  • 2015

    Degree in International Relations

    In 2015, the School launched the bilingual Degree at International Office.

    In 2018, created by the new Degree, the think tank "Global Affairs" was born with the goal to research and think about International Office.

    Degree in International Relations
  • 2018

    Campus from Madrid

    In 2018 the University opened its new campus in Madrid. The School has moved part of its postgraduate program offerings there.

    Campus from Madrid
  • 2022

    Mercedes Galán

    In June 2022, Professor Mercedes Galán was appointed dean of School Law, replacing Jorge Noval. Professor of History of Law, she was vice dean of research and academic staff at School from 2020 until then.

    Mercedes Galán

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SOME OF THE PIONEERS OF THE SCHOOL

In the history of the University, Law was the pioneer School ; and in it, 8 were the pioneers: the first 8 professors of the University. Together with Ismael Sánchez Bella, they formed the first faculty of the School, Jerónimo Martel, José Luis Murga, Rafael Aizpún, Manuel Morera, Ángel López-Amo, Leandro Benavides and Ángel García Dorronsoro.

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At the beginning of the second year, it was necessary to have new teachers to teach the corresponding subjects. And in the following years, more professors were incorporated: Pedro Lombardía (Canon Law), José Javier López Jacoiste (Civil Law), Francisco Gómez Antón (Administrative Law), Joaquín Ferrer (Natural Law), José María Martínez Doral (Philosophy del Derecho), Carmelo de Diego-Lora (Procedural Law), Javier Hervada (Canon Law), Rafael Echeverría (Political Law), Álvaro d'Ors (Roman Law), Francisco Sancho Rebullida (Civil Law), Jorge Carreras (Procedural Law)...

With Eduardo Gutiérrez de Cabiedes and others, such as Juan Fornés, also from the VI Law School graduating class, and Dean between 1984 and 1987, a new generation of professors, disciples of those pioneers led by Ismael Sánchez Bella, began in the 1970s.

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