Professor Manuel Jiménez de Parga y Cabrera began his career as a lawyer in the early 1960s. Honouring his family legal tradition, he founded Despacho Jiménez de Parga and combined his legal practice with his chair as a Constitutional Law Professor.
Manuel Jiménez de Parga y Cabrera had an extensive and multifaceted professional life.
He graduated with highest distinction (Premio Extraordinario de Final de Carrera) from the University of Granada Law School and obtained his Ph.D. in Law from the University of Madrid.
He began his academic life being in charge of the department of Constitutional Law at the University of Madrid in 1956. He earned the Constitutional Law chair at the University of Barcelona in 1957, where he taught until 1977. He was appointed Dean of University of Barcelona Law School (1976) and University of Barcelona Rector (1976-1977). He concluded his academic career as chair of Constitutional Law at the Complutense University of Madrid (1981-1995).
In 1977 he was elected member of the Spanish Parliament within the UCD party (Unión de Centro Democrático).
President Adolfo Suárez appointed him Minister of Labour of the first democratic government and subsequently Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
From 1986 to 1995, he was Elected Member of the Council of State.
In 1995, he was appointed Judge of the Spanish Constitutional Court by the government of President Felipe González. In 2001, the Plenum of the Constitutional Court elected him President of the institution.
Upon the end of his term as President of the Spanish Constitutional Court in 2004, Professor Jiménez de Parga retrieved his law practice at Despacho Jiménez de Parga as Honorary President of the firm until his decease.
He was a member of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. He was conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Bordeaux (France) in 1962 and by the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid) in 2004. He also held the title of Emeritus Professor from the University of Bauru, São Paulo (Brazil).
He was awarded the title of Honorary Son of Andalusia (Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía) and the Gold Medal for Merit of the City of Granada (Medalla de Oro al Mérito de la Ciudad de Granada).
He was conferred the Great Cross of Carlos III, the highest award granted by the Kingdom of Spain. Upon his retirement after more than 45 years of academic career as a Law Professor he received the Great Cross of Alfonso X the Wise. He was also awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Saint Raymond of Peñafort as President Emeritus of the Spanish Constitutional Court.