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Carlos Closa Montero


Carlos Closa Montero has been the Director of the research area European, Transnational and Global Governance until December 2015. He has been Deputy Director at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC), Madrid and member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe. He has been formerly Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and lecturer at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

He holds a Ph.D. in Politics, and a M.A. in European integration and cooperation by the University of Hull (UK). He has been Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Studies (Harvard University), Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and Emile Nöel Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre, NYU and Visting Proferssor at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). He is Associated Researcher at the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos (RIE).

He has published a large number of articles (in Spanish, English and Italian) on EU citizenship, the EU constitutional structure and the relationship with the Member States in journals such as Common Market Law Review, Journal of European Integration, Law and Philosophy, Comparative European Politics or the Revista de Estudios Políticos(in Spanish).

As consultant, he has collaborated with the European Commission (DG Justice, Freedom and Security), the UN Programme for Development (UNDP) in Iraq (UNAMI) and the Friedrich Neumann Foundation on advising on constitution-making in Iraq and territorial de-centralization in Thailand; he has also participated in a Council of Europe programme for capacity building involving national parliamentarians in Serbia and Montenegro and with the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID) in formation and training on regional integration in Latin America, decentralization processes in the Andean area and formation of parliamentarians. He also collaborated with the EU Commission and the Council of Europe in a project on the implementation of the Constitution of Bolivia. He collaborates usually with the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos and the Fundación Alternativas, where he has published several policy papers, with the Foundation Notre Europe, the EU Committe of Regions and with the Bureau of Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the President of the European Commission.

Email: Carlos.Closa@EUI.eu