Rafael Fernández Valverde

Expert in Urban Planning and Environment – Montero Aramburu

Rafael Fernández Valverde has been a Magistrate, with a long professional career in the service of the Spanish Judiciary, having spent most of his judicial activity between Madrid and the Canary Islands.

Since 2003, and until 2022, he has been a Magistrate of the Supreme Court, after having served in the National High Court, and presided over the Administrative Chamber of the Canary Islands, based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In the aforementioned Third Chamber of the Supreme Court, he has presided over the Tax Law Section, after having presided over the Urban Planning and Environment Section.

He has been, so far, the only Spanish judge who, on two occasions (1996/2001 and 2013/2022), has been a member of the General Council of the Judiciary, at the proposal, respectively, of the Senate and the Congress of Deputies.

For two legislatures he was President of the Canary Islands Electoral Board.

He has taught Administrative Law and Constitutional Law at the Universities of La Laguna and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as at the Carlos III, Complutense and CUNEF Universities in Madrid, where he is currently a guest lecturer. He has taught Master’s Degrees —usually on urban and energy aspects— at the Universities of La Laguna, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Distancia de Madrid (UDIMA) and CUNEF University.

He has carried out international collaborative stays at the French Council of State, the Belgian Council of State, the Italian Court of Cassation, the Peruvian Supreme Court and the Environmental Court of Santiago de Chile. He has also visited the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights on several occasions.

After his retirement, he has joined the law firm Montero Aramburu as Counselor in the field of Public and Regulatory Law (Urban Planning, Environment, Energy or Patrimonial Liability).

He is the author of more than sixty individual and collective publications (usually in the field of Administrative Law), has given countless conferences in Spain and abroad, and has taken part in countless Conferences, Congresses and Seminars. He has recently published the book “Urbanismo judicial: Jurisprudencia para la ciudad del futuro”.

He holds various national and foreign decorations, including the Grand Cross of San Raimundo de Peñafort and the Gold Medal of Justice of the Canary Islands.

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