With this award, we want to pay tribute to Professor Frank Moderne, a distinguished French jurist, and an excellent person. Those of us who have had the privilege of benefiting from his teachings will always remember his kindness and approachability.


As a Professor of Public Law at various universities worldwide, notably at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour in France, throughout his illustrious career, he significantly contributed to shaping French Public Law. His extensive and intensive body of work remains a reference in contemporary legal culture. As an indefatigable traveler, he served as an outstanding ambassador for his field globally, especially in Spain and Latin America. Many of us were introduced to his studies and caught his enthusiasm for legal knowledge. Conversely, being well-versed in Spanish public law, he tirelessly disseminated his knowledge.


He founded the Franco-Spanish Institute of Legal Studies in 1973, later becoming the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Legal Studies in 1975. In 1984, alongside Pierre Delvolvé, he established the Revue française de droit administratif (RFDA), which quickly became a leading reference in the discipline. He also co-directed the Dalloz Legal Encyclopedia and received the Cross of Isabel the Catholic and an honorary doctorate from the Complutense University of Madrid.


While these are just a few of his most notable achievements, we will always remember him for his kindness, eternal smile, and the countless generous conversations he shared. In essence, we remember him as a true master.