José Antonio Souto Paz

Category: Professor, writer and politician
Birth Date: 9th October 1938
Birth Place: Pontevedra
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He studied Secondary Education at 'Valle Inclán' Secondary School and took a degree in Law at Santiago de Compostela University. He improved his studies at 'Complutense' University in Madrid, 'St Tomás de Aquino' in Rome and Navarra University, where he took his doctor's degree in Law. He was a Professor at Santiago University (1972-82), at the Open University (1982-92). Since 1992, he has been a Professor at 'Complutense' University in Madrid and also practised Teaching at the Institutes of Human Rights, Comparative Law and Methodology and History of Juridical Science. From 1975 to 1979, he filled the office of dean in the Faculty of Law at Santiago University. He was the founder and director of the Galician Regional Centre at the Open University (1973-75). He was also a member of the Conference of Local and Regional Powers in the European Council (1979-81), adviser to the Ombudsman responsible for Education and Culture (1986-87) and deputy of the governing body of the Bar Association in Madrid (1987-89). He has been the president of the European Association of Comparative Law since the year 2000.

 Work & Activities

He has published the following books Comunidad Política y Libertad de Ciencias. Introducción a las Libertades Públicas en el Derecho Comparado (Marcial Pons, Madrid, 1999); Los derechos de los enfermos (Colection of Bioethics, Madrid, 2000); El consentimiento informado (Colection of Bioethics, Madrid, 1999); Derecho Matrimonial (Marcial Pons, Madrid, 2000); Matrimonio y Convivencia (Homage to J. Díaz Moreno, Madrid, 2000) and Libertad de conciencia y Bioderecho (Anuario de Derechos Humanos, Nueva Época, I, Madrid, 2000).

 Other Interesting Aspects

He was Mayor in Santiago from 1979 to 1982 and deputy in the Spanish Parliament representing A Coruña (four session, 1989-93). He was one of the founders and president of the Independent Galician Parliament (1976)in coalition with the political party 'UCD' in the first democratic elections (1977). He is married and has seven children.