Tomás Pelayo Muñoz.
Company law in the Juridical programs of the Instituto de Empresa
How and when did you get to IE?
In 1985 I did the LL.M. in the Instituto de Empresa. I started teaching in 1986 and in 1988 I joined the Instituto de Empresa as Law Programmes Assistant Director, whith the unforgettable José María Cervelló as headmaster. In those days we designed the LL.M. practically as we know it today, with a constant concern in its improvement. I held the position until 1991 and since then I am still teaching…25 years in the Instituto de Empresa and 24 as teacher.
What sport do you practice?
I like skiing, cycling, playing padel, golf, hunting and fishing, but I must admit I practice all of them so so.
What is your favorite book?
Always the one I am reading this very moment. I am finishing now Paul Johnson’s “Modern Times”. I prefer generally History and, of course, a good novel.
Where were you born?
What is your favorite dish?
A lot of them and no one specially. For me it is much more important “who with” than “what”, so my favourite dish is any one as long as I can share it with my wife and my children or my friends.
A memorable moment:
Four memorable moments: each of the births of my four children.
What does it mean for you to be a good professor?
To be able to pass on your professional experience to your pupils.
How do you keep up-to-date?
My profession as lawyer helps me to keep updated for my classes and my classes help me to keep up-to- date for the practice of my profession.
What is your secret for your classes or presentations?
To prepare them properly and then to transmit to my students my professional experience. Law touches everybody and affects us all. Students like to realize that they are telling them something real, not theoretical, that is happening now or that could happen when he becomes a professional.
A ritual before teaching:
No one special, probably just to remember what are the students sitting in front of me for.
A story in the classroom:
The student who suddenly shouted : “I can not stand it no longer!”All of us feared he had any kind of problem with the lesson, with any of his colleagues or with me, as we realized he was complaining about a middle sized insect he had on his head, or this other student to whom I asked to “go out there” in order to contrast his opinions and he left the classroom absolutely convinced I had expelled him.
What is your favorite quote or motto of life?
Live and let live, “do not disturb”, I firmly believe you can do and say anything without annoying anyone.
What has been your worst experience in the classroom?
It is still to come.