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About Raquel Medina Plana

Raquel Medina Plana, currently a Visiting Scholar in University of California – Berkeley, Center for the Study of Law and Society, is Professor of Legal History at the Universidad Complutense Law School (Madrid, Spain). PhD in Law (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2001), she holds two degrees, in Law (1992) and in Cultural Anthropology (2007).
Her current main lines of research deal with the interaction of law and culture in the construction of family legal discourse, both from a socio-legal and historical perspective, with several publications in the most prestigious international legal history reviews. Legal Education appears as an important line of research, highly interdependent on her research on Legal History and Legal Anthropology, as theoretical and methodological issues around the relationship of law and social sciences are always addressed in her works.
Co-ordinator of the Methodology of Legal Education and Research area in the Public Law and Private Law Masters at the Universidad Complutense Law School, she has also been director of half a dozen research projects on legal education in recent years involving: planning of the socio-legal courses in the new law degrees; analysis of the treatment given to critical thinking in social sciences and law schools; legal culture and professional image in law schools.
Recently she has been chair of an International Workshop on “Critical thinking inside law schools” in the Oniati’s International Institute of Sociology of Law, which has reunited socio-legal scholars from all over the world; the results are to be appearing soon at the Onati Socio Legal Series.
She is also an External Examiner of Oniati International Socio Legal Master.
Currently she is a Visiting Scholar in the University of California – Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society.


Present Full Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Present Visiting Scholar, University of California - Berkeley

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