Bangor welcomes guest lecturers from the University of Cádiz
Professor del Valle Galvez of the University of Cádiz and his colleague associate, Professor Inmaculada Gonzalez Garcia, recently visited the Law School, and delivered a fascinating series of seminars on the Anglo-Spanish dispute over Gibraltar. Since the ceding of the Rock of Gibraltar under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, there has been controversy between Spain and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of Gibraltar. Gibraltar has a special status within the European Union, since, as a European territory, it is represented by the United Kingdom, but yet falls outside much of the reach of EU Law, such as the Internal Market regime, and also the Schengen area for the free movement of persons.
In a fascinating seminar, Professor del Valle Galvez examined a number of initiatives and processes that have been launched bilaterally by Spain and the United Kingdom, including the Lisbon Declaration (1980), the Brussels Communique (1984), the Trilateral Forum of Dialogue (2004), etc; and also the recent deadlock in negotiations between the UK, Spain and Gibraltar.
Professor Inmaculada Gonzalez Garcia examined issues concerning the waters around Gibraltar, and the disputes that are arising therein between the two countries.
Particularly fascinating was her detailing of how both countries have identified marine conservation areas that are overlapping in the waters surrounding Gibraltar, and that these designations, although overlapping, have been accepted by the European Commission, thereby further deepening the complexity of the issues.
Publication date: 28 September 2012