Roca Junyent gives the second Law and Society award to honorary President of the International Association of Penal Law, M. Cherif Bassiouni
23 June, 2015 - Roca Junyent
The firm, in an event held at Palauet Casades of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona (Bar Association of Barcelona) also awarded the prizes for the II Concurso de Responsabilidad Social de la Abogacía de Roca Junyent (Second Contest for Social Responsibility of the Attorneys of Roca Junyent), in recognition of the best projects by high school students on the values of Law.
Yesterday Roca Junyent awarded the Law and Society Awards at the Palauet Casades of the Bar Association of Barcelona. This is the second edition of these awards within the context of the Social Responsibility Plan of the Attorneys of the firm. The awards were created with the goal of getting closer to the social and economic reality of the country and to return part of what society offers to the firm back to it. The award ceremony was led by the President of the firm, Miquel Roca Junyent, and the Minister of Justice, Germà Gordó. Additionally, Miguel Ángel Gimeno, President of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia, Jose Maria Romero de Tejada, Chief Prosecutor of Catalonia, Roser Bach, Member of the General Council of the Judiciary, and Joan Roca, Vice President of the firm, all attended.
The second Law and Society award was given to M. Cherif Bassiouni, Honorary President of the International Association of Penal Law, for his legal career in the service of coexistence. After receiving the award from Miquel Roca, Bassiouni thanked the host and gave an overview of his long career as an expert in international law in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya and the former Yugoslavia. “Today we have a new challenge. We must protect the world from destruction that is happening in many countries that disregard human rights. This must be done through the law”, Bassiouni explained. Lastly, he referred to various international conflicts that are a daily threat to human rights and lamented the situation in Guantanamo, in Syria, and in Africa with events such as that of Boko Haram. According to Bassiouni, we must break with indifference and try to change the world around us.
Furthermore, during the event the prizes for the second edition of the Social Responsibility Contest of the Attorneys of Roca Junyent, in recognition of the best projects done by high school students regarding the values of Law, were awarded. Between the months of January and February, more than 100 professionals from Roca Junyent taught classes at various schools regarding the value of law, in a project that seeks to impart the importance of human rights, respect, tolerance, and coexistence to high school students.
The Vice President of Roca Junyent, Joan Roca, explained that the prizes for the second edition of this awards ceremony, were created “to celebrate the values of law as an essential tool for coexistence”. In addition, he emphasized that “the initiative brings the reality of young people that are discovering their environment closer to that of a recognized jurist that, with his experience, wants to help create better coexistence.”
The panel awarded the first prize of the Social Responsibility Contest of the Attorneys of Roca Junyent to the Project “¿Derecho a la vivienda?” (“Right to housing?”), prepared by the students of the Bell-Lloc school of Girona. Second place was awarded to a student from Escola Ramón Fuster in Sant Cugat del Vallés, Barcelona, for his study on the legal basis of our society. Third place was awarded to two students from the school Mater Salvatoris de Lleida, whose study focused on the benefits to society of respecting the law.
The Minister of Justice of the Government of Catalonia, Germà Gordó, closed the award ceremony “celebrating Roca Junyent’s initiative and emphasizing that through the law we have the obligation to act in a way that benefits our citizens, especially those that are weakest”.
Among those attending the event were, additionally, Dídac Ramírez, Rector of Universitat de Barcelona (University of Barcelona), Pablo Llarena, President of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, Ignacio López, President of the Board of the Association of Court Attorneys of Catalonia; Joan Carles Ollé, President of the Association of Notary Publics of Catalonia, and Abel Pié, President of the Board of the Bar Association of Catalonia.