Book on expropiation

Dr. Héctor Simón, researcher of the Housing Chair, is the author of a book’s chapter on Expropiation Law in a comparative perspective.  SLUYSMAN, Jacques, VERBIST, Stijn i WATING, Emma (eds.), Expropriation Law in Europe, Wolters Kluwers, 2015. 

Third international workshop

On Monday, 23th Novembre the third international workshop Spain-Israel has been held. We have counted on the presence of Dr.Rachelle Alterman and Na’ama Teschner, from  Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

The Housing Chair is awarded with R2B Funding

The Housing Chair has been awarded with the R2B Project (Research to Business), granted by the Rovira i Virgili University, in order to grant the project of “Analyzing the commercial viability of tools and counseling related to intermediate tenures”. This project, which will be finished in 2016, will analyze the viability of commercializing intermediate tenures (created from the research carried out by the Chair) as a form to access to housing.

Public housing management course

On 28th October, the Housing Chair with the Public Administration School of Catalonia organised the “Public housing management course”, which treated about deficient housing, its management in Catalonia and in a comparative perspective, as well as good practices in the Public Management. Several researchers of the Housing Chair were speakers in the course.

Covered Bond Conference, 22th and 23th October

From 22th to 23th October, the Housing Chair and the Association of German Pfandbrief Banks (Verband deutscher Pfandbriefbanken) organise the Covered Bond Conference, in which prestigious specialists from the banking sector and from the European Commission will treat several current topics about covered bonds.

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Defence of master’s thesis

On Saturday 26th, the master thesis of the master’s in mediation have been presented. Those thesis allow students to replace professional  practices for a thesis about the viability and a business plan about a mediation business in different fields.

Presentation of a Master’s thesis

Gemma Caballé, predoctoral researcher, has presented her thesis “An approach to the concept of home”, with an A grade. The court was composed by Dr. Pedro del Pozo, Dr. Mario Ruiz and Dr. Héctor Simón.

Third Housing Chair’s Newsletter

The third Newsletter, in which different aspects of housing are treated, has been published: legislative and jurisprudential developments, intermediate tenures in the civil procedure, trust, housing market, etc.

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Grant of BBVA Foundation

BBVA Foundation has awarded the Housing Chair with a grant for a new research project, within the program Ayudas a Investigadores y Creadores Culturales 2015. This research project, under the direction of Dr. Héctor Simón, will cover the optimisation of the reverse mortgage from an European and American perspective.

This project will treat the sustainability of the pension system and the efficiency of the Dependence Act. In particular, it will analyse the reverse mortgage as an alternativa to private financing and how to optimise its regulation.


Meeting with Tom Simecek, Vicepresident of UIPI and President of the Czech Property Owners Association

Last 21st July, the Housing Chair received the visit of the Vicepresident of the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) and the President of the Czech Property Owners Association Tom Simecek. The meeting, which was very fruitful, entailed a sharing of knowledge on housing. Mr Simecek explained the current housing situation in the Czech Republic and exposed the last changes and the new legal measures in his country, mostly concerning social housing and tenancies.