The institutionalization in the USC of the category “research group” as the basic and nuclear unit of research within the university was the pretext for formalizing what existed de facto for the past fifteen years: a group of scholars working together in different fields of Private Law, beyond the straitjacket areas of knowledge. Researchers of International Private Law and Civil Law with an established career.
The transition towards De conflictu legum (GI-1147 of the USC) was little more than filling out an electronic form, taking on the name of the collection of legal monographs which we have edited since 2000. If the term given to the collection was, perhaps, by chance (inspired in Ulrich Huber’s work, De Conflictu Legum Diversarum in Diversis Imperiis), the reference to the Group itself turns out to be a declaration of intent. Our legal research is focused on the world: from our local Galician Civil Law to the international efforts towards unifying or harmonizing Private Law.
In 2006 De conflictu legum participated in the first call of the “Program for consolidating and structuring competitive research units”, processed on a competitive tendering, promoted by the Galician Government’s Department of Education and Universities. We were the only Group of Legal Research in the Region to obtain recognition as a Competitive Reference Group. The Group also participated in the last call of 2017: we were the only Group of Legal Research in the Region with the same recognition as a Competitive Reference Group.
For a time, the Group flourished, incorporating new distinguished researchers, Juan de la Cierva researchers and new doctoral researchers. With the combined effect of the economic crisis and the incompetence of National and Regional authorities -even the USC itself-, the group’s consolidation was made impossible. We can now see how publicly-trained researchers are in search of recognition in well-known institutions such as the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg or the World Maritime University in Sweden. Congratulations to those who claim to defend our university but actually end up belittling it!
This web page will provide information about the unique character of the Group De conflictu legum; a Group which sustains an unwavering commitment with cutting-edge research despite all the institutional elements that make them row upstream.