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Ernesto Garzón Valdés

Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Mainz (Germany) and specialises in moral philosophy, political philosophy and philosophy of law.

(Córdoba, Argentina 1927). He has taught Philosophy of Law at the universities of Córdoba and La Plata in Argentina and – after going into exile in Germany during the dictatorship in Argentina – in the universities of Bonn, Cologne and Mainz, besides being a visiting lecturer in several European and Latin American universities such as the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology. Among others, the universities of Valencia, Helsinki, Valparaiso and Buenos Aires have awarded him with the title Doctor Honoris Causa.

He is a member of the Academy of Law and Social Sciences in both Córdoba and Buenos Aires, of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and is President of the Fundación Coloquio Jurídico Europeo (European Juridical Colloquium Foundation) of Madrid as well as of similar foundations and organisations.

He has published some twenty books and a great number of articles in more than five languages and twenty countries. Among his more recent publications are Calamidades (Calamities – Gedisa, Barcelona 2004); Por qué estoy aquí. Tres justificaciones y una excusa (Why I Am Here: Three Justifications and One Excuse – Universidad Nacional, La Rioja 2005); and Tolerancia, dignidad y democracia (Tolerance, Dignity and Democracy – Universidad Inca Garcilaso del la Vega, Lima 2006).

Update: 18 April 2011


Has participated in

Justice, Democracy and the Constitutional State

Dialogues on the Globalization Scene