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​Josep Ferrer-Riba is Professor of private law at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and had previously been Dean of Law (2006-2010) and Vice-Rector (2010-2016) at the same university. He obtained his Ph.D. in Law from the University of Barcelona (1989). He has been visiting scholar at the universities of Göttingen (1986-87); Yale (1993-94); Bologna (1999), and Leuven (2003), and has taught as a visiting professor at the universities of Puerto Rico (1997, 2003 and 2012) and Haifa (2009).

His main research areas are family law, succession law, and the law of nonprofit organizations. He has been a key participant in the preparatory work for the Catalan legislation in these fields and has edited legal commentaries to Books 2 and 4 of the Civil Code, which have become benchmark works for the study of Catalan family and succession law. He is co-director of the section "Law of Persons and Family" in the law review InDret ( He is also member of the international advisory board of Zeitschrift für das gesamte Familienrecht (FamRZ), the leading family law journal in Germany.