Carlos Juan Closa Montero

Email: carlos.closa [at]
Phone: (+34) 916022482
Extensión Interna: 441458
Office: 3E12
Profesor de Investigación de OPIS
Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos
Departamento de Economía y Política
Group: Ciudadanos e Instituciones (CIP)

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Professor Carlos Closa holds a Ph. D. in Politics, Universitty of Hull (UK) (1993); M.A. in European Integration and Cooperation (1990) (U. Hull). He is also Diplomado en Ciencia Política y Derecho Constitucional, Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC), Madrid (1988) and holds degrees in Sociology and Political Science (Universidad Complutense, UCM), Madrid, 1987. Between 2004 and 2008, he was Deputy Director of the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (Ministry of Presidency) and between 2005 and 2009, he was member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law (Council of Europe) representing Spain. He has been formerly professor at the University of ZaragozaComplutense (Madrid) and tutor at the University of Hull. He has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges); Visiting Professor at the University of Gröningen and the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and he is Professor at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset (IUOG), (Madrid) since 1999 and the Universidad San Pablo-CEU (Madrid) since 2009. He was also Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Centre of Harvard University (2002) and Jean Monnet Fellow (1995-1996) and Salvador de Madariaga Fellow(2004) at the European University Institute (EUI, Florence), Senior Emile Nöel Fellow at New York University (NYU) (2010-2011) and Affiliated Scholar at the Global Governance Programme of the EUI (2010-2106). Between 2014 and 2015, he became Director of the Research Strand on European, Transnational and Global Governance at the GGP. He serves currently as Chair for RC3 (European Unification) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and he is co-editor of the European Political Science Review (CUP).

He was the manager of the Spanish National Plan on Social Sciences between 2002 and 2005 and, simultaneously, represented Spain at European Science Foundation and the EU COST Programme in Social Sciences. He also advised the Spanish government within the Management Committee of Social Sciences and Humanities of the VII Framework Programme of the European Union between 2007 and 2010. Within the CSIC, he has been Adjunt Coordinator for the Human and Social Science area (2008-2010).

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 integration parliamentarians. Currently, he collaborates 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, theEU Committe of Regions and with the Bureau of Policy Advisers of the President of the European Commission.

He currently directs two research projects and he is member of a FVI project. The first directed project is a contract with the EU Commission to elaborate a Study on how the memory of crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe is dealt with in the Member States JLS/2008/C4/006, in which 27 national experts from EU member states take part ( The second project has been recently awarded by the Spanish Innovation Ministry and it is entitled National institutions and European integration: The ratification of EU reform treaties. Carlos Closa participates also in a VI Framework Program Project: Reconstituting democracy in Europe (RECON) (

He has published articles in English, Spanish, French and Italian on EU citizenship, the EU Constitutional structure, Europeanization and the EU relation with the member states in journals such as Common Market Law ReviewJournal of European IntegrationLaw and PhilosophyEuropean Law Journal;European Public LawComparative European PoliticsJournal of European Public PolicyPolitique EuropeenneSouth European Society and Politics, West European Politics or Revista de Estudios PolíticosRevista Española de Ciencia Política y de la AdministraciònCuadernos Europeos de Deusto in Spanish. His main research interests are regional integration in Europe and Latin America with special attention to constitutional and institutional aspects; and politics of memory and transitional justice.