Carlos Juan Closa Montero

Email: carlos.closa [at]
Phone: (+34) 916022482
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.


Scientific output

España y el futuro constitucional de la UE. Fundación Alternativas, 83 p. | Closa, C, (2008). 
La constitución de la UE. CEPC Madrid, 325 p. | Closa, C. y Fernández, N. (eds.), (2005). 
Deliberative constitutional politics in the EU, ARENA Report. Arena: Oslo, 420 p. | Closa, C and Fossum, J.E., (2004). 
Spain and the EU. Londres, Palgrave, 274 p. | Closa, C y Heywood, Paul, (2004). 
La evolución del proceso de integración europea en 2007: paradojas democráticas y política constitucional clandestina en la UEAnuario Internacional CIDOB 2007, 262 p. | Closa, C, (2008). 
La ratificación de la Constitución Europea: procesos y actoresLa Unión Europea en perspectiva constitucional, 227 p. | Closa, C, (2008). 
Transitional justice in SpainCrimes committed by totalitarian regimes, 196 p. | Closa, C, (2008). 
Constitutional prospects of European citizenship and new forms of democracyDe Witte, B. and Hervé Bribosia (eds.) La constitution européenne : Rétrospective et perspectivesvol. I. Bruxelles: Bruylant, 1045 p. | Closa, C., (2007). 
The EU Economic governance: the Stability and Growth PactHeinz Schaffer & Julia Iliopoulos-Strangas (eds.) State modernization in Europevol. No volume. Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers / Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag / Bruylant SEPI, 332 p. | Closa, C, (2007). 
Why convening referendums?Journal of European Public Policyvol. 14:08:00. 1322 p. | Closa, C, (2007). 
Reflexiones sobre la angustia y (falta de) alegría de la post-teorización sobre la integración y la UERevista Española de Ciencia Política y de la Administraciónvol. 15. 0 p. | Closa C, (2006). 
Constitution and democracy in the draft treaty establishing a constitution for EuropeEuropean Public Lawvol. 11:04:00. 20 p. | Closa, C, (2005). 
Deliberative constitutional politics and the turn towards a norms-based legitimacy of the EU constitutionEuropean Law Journalvol. 11:01:00. 19 p. | Closa, C, (2005). 
La europeización del sistema político español, Madrid, Istmo.West European Politicsvol. 26,3. 189 p. | Del Pino, Eloísa; Closa, C., (2004). 
Pertenencia a la Unión: requisitos, suspensión y retirada, en Enrique Álvarez Conde y Vicente Garrido Mayoral (dirs.) Comentarios a la Constitución europea Libro IValencia: Tirant lo Blanchvol. No Volume. 22 p. | Closa, C, (2004). 
Ratifying the EU Constitution: Referendums and their ImplicationsThe Brookings Institution, U.S.-Europe Analysis Series, Centre on the United States and Europe No Volume. 10 p. | Closa, C, (2004). 
Spanish citizenship: democracy building and plural nationhood in the European contextBellamy, R.; Castiglione, D. and Santoro, E. (eds.) Lineages of European citizenship. Rights, Belonging and Participation in Eleven Nation-Statesvol. No Volume. London: Palgrave, 18 p. | Closa, C, (2004). 
The Convention method and the transformation of EU constitutional politicsErikssen, E. O., Fossum, J.E. and Menéndez, A. (eds.) Developing a European constitutionvol. No Volume. London: Routledge, 24 p. | Closa, C, (2004). 
The formation of domestic preferences on the reform of the Treaties in SpainComparative European Politicsvol. 2. 338 p. | Closa, C, (2004). 
The Spanish intellectual debate on the future of the EU: Who was mobilised and with what effects?South European Politicsvol. 19 no.1. 96 p. | Closa, C, (2004). 
The value of the institutions. Mandate and self-mandate in the Convention process , n°13Politique européennevol. 13. 0 p. | Closa, C, (2004). 
Comments on Christian Joerges Comitology and the European model? Towards a Recht-Fertigungs-Recht [“a justice-making law”] in the Europeanisation processEriksen, Fossum and Jürgen Neyer (Eds.) Report European Governance, Deliberation and the Quest for Democratisation ARENA REPORT 2/03vol. ARENA REPORT 2/03. ARENA/EUI: Oslo/Florence, 616 p. | Closa, C., (2003). 
La gobernanza en la Unión EuropeaRevista de Estudios Políticosvol. 119. 503 p. | Closa, C, (2003). 
The finality debate in Spain: explaining absences, revealing presencesSerfaty, S. (ed.) The finality debate and its transatlantic dimensionvol. No Volume. CSIS/Washington, 31 p. | Closa, C, (2003). 
1.- Ratification of the EU Treaties; 2.- Transitional justice in the EU.  | CARLOS JUAN CLOSA MONTERO, (2008). 
How the memory of crimes committed by totalitarian regimes in Europe is dealt with in the Member States.  | CARLOS JUAN CLOSA MONTERO, (2008). 
Reconstituting citizenship and democracy in Europe.  | Closa, C, (2008). 
Política constitucional de la UE.  | Carlos Closa, (2004). 
Democratic Citizenship and Legitimacy (CIDEL).  | Closa, C. & Erik O. Erikssen, (2003).