Keio University Holds Ceremony to Confer Honorary Doctorate on Miguel Poiares Maduro
November 14, 2022
On Friday, November 4, Keio University held a ceremony in the Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan) to award an honorary doctoral degree to Miguel P. Maduro, Professor and Dean of the Católica Global School of Law at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
Dr. Maduro is a leading legal scholar in Europe. His career encompasses the academic world, judicial practice, and governmental administration. In his judicial capacity at the European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, he made extensive contributions to developing case law. He has also been influential in governmental administration, where his service in senior positions was instrumental to the economic revitalization of his native Portugal.
In addition to this work, Dr. Maduro has played a crucial role in developing strong partnerships between Keio and universities in Europe, primarily by laying the groundwork for exchange and collaborative agreements between European graduate schools and the Keio University Law School. Keio University decided to confer the degree of Doctor honoris causa upon him in recognition of these achievements.
The Conferment Ceremony was moderated by Professor Emeritus Katsuhiro Shoji. Following the entrance of Dr. Maduro and other officials from Portugal, a student group sang the Keio Sanka, and Professor Isao Kitai read Dr. Maduro's recommendation. Keio University President Kohei Itoh then conferred the honorary degree upon Dr. Maduro, delivered a formal address, and listened as Dr. Maduro gave a brief speech expressing his gratitude.
President Itoh conferring the honorary doctorate upon Dr. Maduro
Dr. Maduro delivering his acceptance speech.
Commemorative photo taken in front of the Mita Enzetsu-kan, the venue for the Conferment Ceremony. (Front row from the left: Vice-President Yoshimitsu Matsuura; His Excellency Mr. Vitor Paulo da Costa Sereno, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Portugal; Dr. Maduro; President Itoh, and Professor Kitai, Dean of the Keio University Law School. Back row from the left: Mr. Tiago Maurício, First Secretary of the Embassy of Portugal in Japan; and Vice-President Juro Iwatani.)