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On October 19th 2018, the Spanish Network of Legal Clinics approved the so-called "Declaration of Salamanca" within the framework of the Seventh Meeting of Legal Clinics, held in the capital of Salamanca 

to commemorate the Eighth Centenary of its university.

Currently, in Spain there are already more than twenty universities that have created projects that offer students the opportunity to have a practical training in the Faculty of Law collaborating with social entities and groups in risk of social exclusion.

Dr. Concepción Molina Blázquez, director of the Legal Clinic of the Pontifical University of Comillas and professor of Criminal Law and David Amirsén Garrido have been our representatives in the meeting.

María Cárdenas also went with them, representing the Opañel Women's Association, which works to improve the quality of life of women and their families, with special attention to the disadvantaged to support them in their personal promotion and increase in their autonomy. Our Legal Clinic develops a project of direct action with this NGO, of which Andrea López de Vicuña, a volunteer student, was the representative. Both explained how the collaboration between students and the Association enriches them and how there is a clear evolution in the volunteers´ involvement and commitment.

This kind of initiatives have prompted the writing of this document to promote learning from experience and social commitment. With this text, they intend to promote university education of law students to be directed to ensure legal assistance to groups at risk of social exclusion.

The principles embodied in the Declaration do not differ from those promoted every day in each of the Learning and Service projects of our university, opening minds and turning our students into people who understand the idea of ​​social justice.
Likewise, they have agreed to encourage creativity to face the challenges of today's society in terms of the protection of Human Rights and the Rule of Law to contribute to building "a more equitable and fair society".

Lastly, the Legal Clinics are committed to promoting collaboration between the University and civil society. Through actions such as giving fundamental importance to university social responsibility, and transferring the knowledge created by it, they will strengthen its presence in society and in the international context and invite more Universities to join this network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to the text of the Declaration: https://saladeprensa.usal.es/filessp/DECLARACI__N_DE_SALAMANCA_Integraci__n_propuestas_7-10-18.pdf

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