School of Transnational Governance

Carlos Closa


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Comparative Regional Governance Cluster


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Carlos Closa is part-time Professor at the School of Transnational Governance (STG). Previously, Closa was Director of the European, Transnational and Global Governance research area at the Robert Schuman Centre’s Global Governance Programme. He has also been Deputy Director at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC) in Madrid, and member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law of the Council of Europe. He was formerly a 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 from the University of Hull (UK). He has been Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) , Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Studies (Harvard University), Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), Emile Nöel Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre (NYU) and Visting Professor at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). He is an Associated Researcher at the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos (RIE).

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 Naumann Foundation, where he advised on constitution-making in Iraq and territorial de-centralisation 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, decentralisation 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  with the Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos and the Fundación Alternativas, where he has published several policy papers. He has also worked with the Foundation Notre Europe, the EU Committee of Regions and the Bureau of Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the President of the European Commission.

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.