Teresa Freixes, professor of Constitutional Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, full academician and general secretary of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), has been awarded the XXV Prize for Tolerance granted by the Association for the Tolerance. The jury highlighted her tireless activism for the dissemination of constitutional values and Europeanism throughout her career. “She is without a doubt the jurist who has most consistently denounced certain legal aspects with which the secessionist parties have dealt with the Spanish legal system. As the relevance of her personality in Europe, the jury has considered her an excellent speaker of constitutionalism beyond of our borders”, said the association to communicate the concession.
The jury, composed of intellectuals such as Inger Enkvist, Arcadi Espada or Ricardo García Cárcel, among others, has also taken into account “the relevance of her personality in Europe”. Freixes has presided various philanthropic organizations and recently created Civic Concordia in order to unite and coordinate the scattered forces of constitutionalism in Catalonia. In addition to her intense activism, the academician treasures an important work that includes her chronicle of the Catalan sovereignty process: “155. Los días que estremecieron a Cataluña” (155. The days that shook Catalonia).
In previous editions, the Association for Tolerance has recognized figures such as Iván Tubau, Fernando Savater, Francesc de Carreras, Gregorio Peces-Barba, Félix de Azúa, Albert Boadella, Baltasar Garzón, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Rosa Díez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Herrera, Antonio Mingote, Félix Ovejero, Victoria Prego or Maite Pagazaurtundúa. The award ceremony for Freixes, as reported by the entity, will be carried out in an act still undated, but to be held next autumn in Barcelona.