Modesto Seara Vázquez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Seara Vázquez.
Modesto Seara-Vazquez
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Rector Oaxaca State University System
Preceded by No one; he is the founding Rector, since 1990
Personal details
Born (1931-09-11)September 11, 1931
Allariz, Spain
Alma mater Universidad Central de Madrid (Today Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Profession University Professor of International Law and International Relations

Modesto Seara-Vazquez (Allariz, Spain, b. September 11, 1931- ) Professor of International Law and International Relations. He worked most of the time in Mexico, at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and in the State of Oaxaca, as (Founding) Rector of the Oaxaca State University System. He is a world known academic, who made important contributions to the fields of International Law and International Relations. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the Law of Outer Space, for his writings in the 50´s. He also founded several universities, according to the new model of his own design. In Spain he was very active in politics, particularly during the political transition in the seventies and early eighties, but also as a student, in the early fifties; always as a member of socialist organizations. He has also lived in England (London), France (Paris), Germany (West Berlin) and the United States (Salt Lake City).

Academic Activities[edit]

Professor of International Law and International Relations at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where he taught International Law, International Relations, World Politics and International Organizations, since 1961, and founded the department of Graduate Studies and the Center of International Studies at the School of Political Sciences. He also taught at the School of Laws (UNAM), 1961-1976, at El Colegio de Mexico, 1967 and was visiting professor at the University of Utah, 1965-1966. Since 1990, Rector of the Oaxaca State University System (Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Universidad del Mar, Universidad del Istmo, Universidad de la Sierra Sur, Universidad de la Sierra Juárez, Universidad del Papaloapan, Universidad de la Cañada y NovaUniversitas). Those universities, that follow a model designed by MSV, have won national and international recognition, by their quality in teaching as well as in research.

The planning of the OSUS began at the end of 1988 and the Universidad Tecnologica de la Mixteca was opened at the beginning of 1990. Currently, the Oaxaca State University System is composed by eight Universities with fifteen campuses: Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (Huajuapan de León), Universidad del Mar (Puerto Escondido, Puerto Ángel and Huatulco), Universidad del Istmo (Tehuantepec, Ixtepec and Juchitan), Universidad del Papalopan (Tuxtepec and Loma Bonita), Universidad de la Cañada (Teotitlán de Flores Magón), Universidad de la Sierra Juarez (Ixtlan), Universidad de la Sierra Sur (Miahuatlan), and Nova University (Ocotlán and San Jacinto). There are two additional universities, already built but not yet in operation: Universidad de la Costa (Pinotepa Nacional) and Universidad de Chalcatongo (Chalcatongo).

Higher Education[edit]

- High School, 1944-1949, at Colegio Labor, Vigo (Galicia)
- LLB, Universidad Central (today Complutense), Madrid, 1950-55
- Université de Paris (Sorbone) Dr. in International Law, 1959. His doctoral thesis (Études de Droit Interplanetaire) made him one of the pioneers in the field of space law. It would later be translated into Spanish (Mexico, 1961) and English (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1965) and part of it into Russian (Moscow, 1963)

In August 1959 he delivered a paper at the Congress of the International Autronatical Federation, in London “The Functional Reglamentation of Extra-Atmospheric Space”. His theory of the functional regulation became the standard theory in space law, adopted by most of the jurists.

Activities in the mass media[edit]

- At El Universal of Mexico, he worked on the editorial page in the 60's and early 1980s, when he conducted the Sunday "Latin American World".

- In El Sol de Mexico in the 1970s, he wrote the Sunday supplement "The World from the Sun", worked on the editorial page

- The Excelsior of Mexico in the 1980s, he worked collaborations on the first page.

- Collaborations sporadic in El Pais, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Madrid daily.

- In the Canal I3TV of Mexico, mid-1970, General Counsel, he was responsible for institutional relations of the Canal, and director of Peace and Conflict (documentary analysis of international issues) and international commentator on the news Sunday Seventh Day

Participation in Academic Institutions[edit]

- Mexican Association of International Studies, established in 1967. He was founding President 1967-1968 and 1982-1993. Since 1993 he is Honorary President

- Mexican Association of Political Science (2 nd. Time). Chairman and founder, from 1982 to 1979

- Division of Graduate Studies, UNAM-FCPS, Head of the Division-founder, 1967-1969

- International Relations Center, FCPS-UNAM, Director-founder, 1970-1973

- Studies Association International (USA), member since 1982. 1989-1991 Vice

- Academic Council on the United Nations System, Member since 1988

Collaboration in Academic Publications[edit]

- Mexican Yearbook of International Relations, UNAM, Mexico, 1980-1987 Director-founder

- Ocean Development and International Law, New York. He was a member of the Editorial Board

- Global Governance, Boulder, CO. He was a member of the Editorial Board

- Mexican Bulletin of the Center for International Relations, UNAM, Mexico, 1970-1973 Direct-founder

- International Studies, Complutense, UCM, Madrid, Member of the Scientific Council


- Derecho Internacional Público, 24ª.Ed., México, 2012
- (Editor), La Sociedad Internacional Amorfa, UMAR/UNAM, México/Huatulco, 2011 [1]
- Un Nuevo Modelo de Universidad. Universidades para el desarrollo. 2ª. Ed., Huajuapan 2010 [2]
- A New Model of University. Universities for Development. (Versión actualizada de la 1ª. Edición en español, Huajuapan), 2010 [3]
- (Editor), La Organización de Naciones Unidas a los cincuenta años, México, 1995
- La Hora Decisiva, 3a.Ed., México, 1995 [4]
- Una Nueva Carta para las Naciones Unidas, Huajuapan de León, 1993 [5]
- A New Charter for the United Nations, (Versión inglesa ampliada y actualizada), Huajuapan, 2004 [6]
- Tratado General de la Organización Internacional, 2a.Ed. 1a.Reimpr. México, 1985 [7]
- Política Exterior de México, 3a.Ed. México, 1985 [8]
- Derecho y Política en el Espacio Cósmico, 2a.Ed., México, 1982 [9]
- Mekishiko No-Gaikoseisaku (versión japonesa, modificada de La Política Exterior de México); Ed. Koyosobo, Kyoto, 1980. [10]
- Del Congreso de Viena a la Paz de Versalles, 2a.Ed., México, 1980
- La Paz Precaria. De Versalles a Danzig, 2a.Ed., México, 1980
- El Socialismo en España, México, 1980 [11]
- La Sociedad Democrática, México, 1978 [12]
- Paz y Conflicto en la Sociedad Internacional, México, 1969 [13]
- Cosmic International Law, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1965 [14]
- Introducción al Derecho Internacional Cósmico, México, 1961 [15]
- Etudes de Droit Interplanetaire, Tesis doct. mimeogr. Paris, 1959

Pamphlets, Essays and Articles (A Selection)[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

E. Beotas y Sergio Casquet, Modesto Seara: La Mirada Universal, Quindici Editores, Madrid, 2011

Decorations and Medals and Honors[edit]

- Decoration of Aguila Azteca, Mexican Government, 1976
- Medal Castelao, Xunta de Galicia, 2011
- National Research Professor Emeritus, National Council of Science and Technology, (CONACyT), 1997
- Honorary Engineer in Forestry, Madrid Polytechnical University, 2009
- Medal Donají, by the City of Oaxaca de Juárez, 2008
- Medal José López Alavez, by the City Council of Huajuapan de León, 1999
- Medal Antonio de León, by the City Council of Huajuapan de León, 1998
- Gold Medal to the Academic Merit, National University of Mexico (UNAM), 2011
- Torres Bodet Prize, to the Internationalist of the Year, University of the Americas Puebla, 1986
- Distinction “Gallego Universal”, by the Organization Sexta Provincia, 2011
- Gold Key of the City Council of Tijuana, 1987
-Citizen of Merit 2009, Consejo Estatal de Participación Ciudadana de Oaxaca A.C.
-Award “Huaxuacac” 2004, from the Oaxacan Bar Association (Barra Oaxaqueña de Abogados y Pasantes de Derecho Independientes A.C.) – Honorary Presidento the Mexican Association of International Studies, since 1993
- Award to the Educational and Cultural Merit, Huatulco, 2005


-Plaza Modesto Seara, in the City of Allariz, since September 11, 2011

External links[edit]

Personal website

Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca

Universidad del Mar

Universidad del Istmo

Universidad del Papaloapan

Universidad de la Sierra Sur

Universidad de la Sierra Juárez

Universidad de la Cañada