Center for Political and Constitutional Studies

Madrid, Spain

Partner 2 (CEPC)

The Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid is an organisation attached to the Spanish Ministry of Presidency. The mission of the Centre is to foster analysis of national and international political, constitutional and administrative systems. It pays particular attention to questions related to Spanish law and to Latin-American institutions and their relations with Europe. The current inter-disciplinary research programmes are concerned with territorial structure and federalism; democratisation, the rule of law and constitutional reform; immigration; gender issues; and the EU – with a particular focus on EU constitutionalism. CEPC owns the most important publishing house specialised in Constitutional Law and Political Science in Spanish and it has a 80,000 volumes Library which is open to the general public.


The participation of CEPC in RECON was terminated on 1 August 2008 and the project has been transferred to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) in Madrid.


Dr. Julio Baquero Cruz was Research Fellow at CEPC until March 2009, when he  took up a position in the Legal Service of the European Commission. Baquero Cruz continues to be involved in RECON’s WP 2 in cooperation with CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) in Madrid. He was Marie Curie Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre (EUI) in 2005-2006, and has been visiting professor at the Instituto Ortega y Gasset in Madrid and at the Academy of European Law in Florence. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, an LL.M. from the College of Europe, Bruges, and a Spanish Law degree. From 2000 to 2004 he was a référendaire at the European Court of Justice, He has lectured and published extensively on EU law, including economic and constitutional issues.


Antonio Barroso Villaescusa left CEPC in August 2008 to pursue postgraduate studies at Columbia University, New York. Barroso is PhD student at UNED, Spain. Before leaving RECON, the major effort of Barroso was related to the establishment of a website on the Europeanisation of national constitutions within the framework of WP 2. Barroso holds a Diploma on Political and Constitutional Studies from CEPC, an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Granada. He has completed internships at the European Commission (DG TREN) and at the Centre for Sociological Research (Spain). His main research interests are EU regulatory reform and EU treaty-reform.

Svetlozar Andreev is Research Fellow at CEPC and junior lecturer (returning scholar and AFP Fellow) at the Department of Political Science, Sofia University, Bulgaria. Previously he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, UK. In 2002 he held an OSI research grant at the Mirovni Institut in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His research interests include post-communist democratization, comparative regional integration and enlargement, European citizenship and legitimacy problems, and the future of EU borders, and he was part of RECON’s WP 8.