How does justice really work in Spain, and how does it affect our welfare? An efficient judicial system is essential for economic development, and its slowness costs a lot of money. For instance, large Spanish companies set aside €12 billion every year to deal with potential litigation, more than what the General State Budget set aside for infrastructure in 2021. But it is not only companies that are affected. Citizens’ daily lives also change depending on how the justice system works, even if they have never had a lawsuit. A good example of this is that, if it were possible to reduce judicial congestion by just one point, Madrid would gain 3,400 rented homes and Barcelona, 3,100.
This book analyses, with clear and objective data and in an entertaining language, the situation of the judicial system in Spain, including its digitalisation and its resources, its territorial differences and the circumstances of its different actors, such as judges and lawyers. After outlining the consequences for Spanish society and the economy, the book discusses possible solutions, including the promotion of mediation.
About the author:
Juan S. Mora-Sanguinetti is a senior economist at the Bank of Spain – Eurosystem (where he was also President of the Association of economists and is an elected member of the National Works Council) and Lawyer (member of the Madrid Bar Association). He is vice president of ENATIC (Association of National Experts in ICT Law). He is also a member of the Academic council of FIDE Foundation. He has been an invited lecturer of Law & Economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, CUNEF and EAE.
He began working in 2001 at Arthur Andersen as a consultant and then, in 2003, he collaborated in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as a research assistant in the Department of Economics. In 2004 was a consultant at Deloitte. In 2005 and 2008 he was visiting researcher at the University of Iowa (USA). Between 2010 and 2011 he was an economist at the Economics Department of the OECD (Paris), responsible for the analysis of the economies of Spain and Switzerland.
He holds degrees both in Economics and in Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He got the award for the best academic record in both disciplines and the extraordinary award of the University in Law. He also holds a Master of Research in Economics from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He received his PhD (European mention) “cum laude” in Economics (Economic History and Institutions) from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
In addition to those mentioned, he has received awards for his career and his research: in 2018 he was awarded the Special Distinguished Alumni Prize from Universidad Carlos III. Also in 2018, he was awarded the Prize of the Spanish Economic Association for the best article published in SERIEs-Springer in the last 4 years. In 2019 he received the Sections Prize of the Madrid Bar Association (Banking Law Section). Also in 2019, he was a member of the Expert Committee drafting the Code of Ethics of Universidad Carlos III.