Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre-Aznar,

Civil Law Full Professor

Director of the UNESCO Chair of Housing, ICREA Academia Fellow

University Rovira i Virgili.


Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre-Aznar, (Tarragona, Spain, 1974) is a Civil Law Full Professor at the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) and Director of its Housing Chair. He is also a Deputy Court of Appeal Judge since 2004. He is member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation since 2008. He has been awarded the ICREA Fellowship (2016- 2020) to the Research Excellence.

He is the author of three books (La garantía de los valores hipotecarios, Madrid, 2003, Marcial Pons; and Securitisation & mortgage bonds: legal aspects and harmonisation in Europe, Saffron Walden, 2004, Gostick Hall Publications; Tort law-Spain, Kluwer Law International, 2008/2nded. 2016) and has coordinated five on a variety of themes: trusts (2006), new legislative trends in mortgage law (2009), family law (2011), housing law (2011) and property in common (2015).

He has published more than 80 research articles and book chapters in countries such as Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, The Netherlands, the United States of America, Ireland and Poland. He has taken part as a speaker in more than 100 Conferences and Scientific events in many European countries, Middle East and in the United States. He has researched in several European Universities and Research Centres such as the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Association of German Mortgage Banks, Universität Münster, Universität Freiburg and University of Duke.

Dr. Nasarre-Aznar has been a visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona (Spain, 2005, 2012), University of Bremen (Germany, 2007), University of Valladolid (Spain, 2009, 2010), National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland, 2009), University of Cambridge (UK, 2011 to 2014), Glamorgan (2012), Technion (Isr. 2015) and University of Duke (USA, 2011).

He has been appointed to various commissions charged with drafting new pieces of legislation, both for the Catalan and Spanish governments, on trusts (2006), protection of mortgagors (2011), leases (2012), housing policy (2012) and intermediate tenures (2012-2015). In his fields of expertise, he has advised both public and private institutions and has been the recipient of prizes including those of the Centro de Estudios Financieros in 2004 (first prize) and 2009 (second prize).

Since 2009, he has been leading six housing research projects and is also the Spanish partner for the TenLaw project of the 7th Framework Programme of the EU Commission on leases (2012-2015). He is also in the core team of the EU  Commission Project on Evictions and Homelessness (2014-2015) and a member of the EU Parliament project on cross-border acquisition of land (2015).

He is also engaged in several research projects on the Eurohypothec (, the reform of European mortgage market legislation (eg. Trento Common Core Project), the Runder Tisch on mortgages (Berlin, since 2006) and the Round Table on covered bonds (Berlin, since 2010).

From 2006 to 2009 he was the Director of the Master in Business and Contractual Law (MBL) at University Rovira I Virgili. Since 2012 he codirects a Masters Course on mediation. His fields of research are European property law, securitisation, covered bonds, trusts, torts, housing and mortgages