This Sunday, August 5th, the renowned jurist Luis del Castillo Aragón has left us. Mr. Del Castillo Aragón assumed the deanship of the Bar Association of Barcelona (ICAB) between 2002 and 2003 and was the president of the International Criminal Bar (BPI-ICB-CAPI) from 2010 to 2014.
Luis del Castillo Aragón was born in Madrid in 1934 and graduated in Law in 1956. Three years later he transferred his residence to Barcelona, where he worked as a professor at the University of Barcelona from 1960 to 1966, as deputy to the Chair of Political Law (today Constitutional Law).
In 1975 he founded his own criminal law office in Barcelona.
Since his incorporation as a member of ICAB, in 1970, Luis del Castillo was closely linked to the collegiate life. He closely collaborated as a speaker in the Deontology Commission, which he subsequently chaired. He was also vice-dean of the Bar Association from 1997 to 2005; and served as dean in 2002.
Also in 2002, he was elected spanish representative of the International Criminal Bar (BPI-ICB-CAPI). In 2003 he was awarded by the General Council of the Spanish Lawyers (CGAE) with the Cross of Merit in the Legal Profession.
On December 13, 2010, he was distinguished with an honorable mention of the Justice Award of Catalonia.
On April 15, 2015, he received the Grand Cross of Merit in the Service to the Legal Profession granted by the same CGAE in the course of an act held in the Column Court of the collegiate headquarters.
Additionally, on April 14 of the present year 2018 he was decorated with the Cross of Honor of the Order of Sant Raimon de Penyafort from the (now former) Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá.
Presently, he was the president of the International Criminal Justice Commission of the ICAB and honorary president of the BPI-ICB-CAPI.
Throughout his professional and vital career, Luis del Castillo became a great defender of freedoms and human rights.
Luis del Castillo was an inexhaustible lawyer who never stopped working, for continuing to defend human freedoms, his sense of justice surpassed the cases in which he was involved. His life affected anyone who knew him even for a moment, his humanity and kindness as well as his great humor will always be with the people who had the chance to cross paths with him.
Rest in peace.