Madrid, March 8, 2018 | The lawyer and founder of the Cremades & Calvo Sotelo office, Javier Cremades, received yesterday from the president of the World Jurists Association (WJA), the Venezuelan Franklin Hoet, the ‘World Jurist Award’ for his professional work.
The event was chaired by the Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá, and was held at the German Embassy for the links of the winner with this country as a young man he studied the doctorate at the University of Regensburg. Cremades becomes the fourth Spanish lawyer to obtain this WJA distinction since its creation in 1963, after Joaquín Garrigues, Antonio Garrigues and Juan Manuel Fanjul succeeded.
The German ambassador, Peter Tempel, highlighted the fact that he is an “incombustible promoter” of the defense of freedom of expression in the media, while the president of the WJA stressed that he promotes “the value of Rule of Law” together with the protection of Human Rights.
Cremades wanted to thank for an “unexpected” award that, in his opinion, it owes to the team of lawyers who work in his firm and to his maxim of serving people above all. “We are not with cases, but with people”, he said.
According to his point of view, we must fight against the abuses of power, “which tends to perpetuate and corrupt”, as well as against the disaffection of the system propagated by populist parties. Therefore, asked to be “very careful” with those who ask to “reinvent” the constitutional system or defend pro-independence causes in Catalonia under the premise that “freedom is above rights, something totally false”.
In the act they were former ministers like Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, César Antonio Molina or Eduardo Serra; the president of Repsol, Antonio Brufau; former judges of the Constitutional Court like Manuel Aragón or Álvaro Rodríguez Bereijo; former Ibero-American secretary general, Enrique Iglesias; the former mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma; or journalists Pedro Ruiz and Isabel Gemio.
Written by Antonio Rodríguez | The Diplomat in Spain
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