Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, a Distinguished Scholar of the Institute for Legal Studies at UW Law School, was awarded the 2010 Mexico Science and Technology Prize at the 40th Anniversary of the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico City. Presenting the award were President Felipe Calderon and Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, director of CONACYT.
The award, instituted in 1990, is given by the Mexican government to scientists and technologists who have created an impact and earned international prestige due to their significant contribution to scientific knowledge or technological progress or whose work has significant repercussions on the training of schools and human resources in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, to foster links between scientific communities.
Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos is a full professor at the University of Coimbra, School of Economics, Department of Sociology, in Portugal. He has published extensively on issues related to law and globalization, legal pluralism, multiculturalism, and human rights and has taught at law schools and graduate schools in Brazil, England, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Angola, Mozambique, and Spain, in addition to his current Coimbra and Madison posts.
In accepting the award, he said, “I consider receiving this prize a very special honor, as it will be the first time it is awarded to a social scientist. In this sense, what is most important to me is that the importance and epistemological validity of this vast field of knowledge has been recognized…it is an honor to receive a prize that belongs equally to my Mexican colleagues and friends with whom I learned so much and shared so much scientific labor and social struggles."
To read the full translation of Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos' acceptance speech, click here.
Submitted by UW Law News on March 17, 2011
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