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Comparative European and Latin American Studies, CEULAS

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The Working Group on Comparative European and Latin American Studies – “CEULAS” has been established in order to foster the debate on issues related to regional integration in Europe and Latin America, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

These two regions are strongly connected not only from a historical perspective, taking into account their shared colonial past and the resulting common heritage of culture and values, but also considering their current relations in trade and investment, in cooperation and political dialogue on different issues, in cultural and institutional exchange on different levels etc.

In addition, both sides of the Atlantic during the period following WWII witnessed different attempts and experiences of regional integration, aiming at promoting new ways of governance in order to face internal challenges and cope with the changes occurring in the international scenario. In this regard, the European experience of integration is deemed as the most successful nowadays, and similar initiatives that emerged in Latin America commonly look up to it as a model, be it regarding institutional aspects or policy initiatives.

Thus, comparative analysis between different aspects of these integration projects has been growing in academia, and promoting the debate in this field can provide valuable insights in order to better understand the different factors influencing them and also ways of addressing the several challenges that are involved.

Bearing all this in mind, CEULAS aims to be a forum to debate these issues, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary and multicultural environment provided by the EUI. It is an informal framework designed to meet researchers’ interests and expectations, covering different aspects of regional integration within Europe and Latin America, such as:

  • Legal, political and institutional aspects of regional integration projects;
  • Different cultural and socioeconomic views of integration;
  • Regional integration as a way of promoting global governance and ‘interregionalism’;
  • Comparative history of European and Latin American integration processes;
  • Policy areas such as human, cultural and social rights; energy and environmental issues and sustainable development; migration; security; privacy / data protection; multilevel judicial protection.

Our agenda is nevertheless flexible and we look forward to having your contributions and suggestions!


Past Activities

Among our activities 2010/11, the following meetings can be highlighted:

November 2010: "Human Rights and Human Security under International Law - reinforcing obligations through the Inter-American and European systems of human rights"

Presentation by Dorothy Estrada-Tanck (EUI/PhD Researcher).


May 2010:  “What Lies Ahead for EU – Latin American Relations? A Follow Up on the 2010 Madrid Summit EU – Latin Countries” (joint session with the RELEX Working Group)

General discussion on the negotiations of the association agreements between the EU and MERCOSUR, SICA, and presentations: ‘EU – LAC relations: Between Wishful Thinking and Late Realism’, by Andrés Malamud (University of Lisbon); ‘EU – SICA Relations: Towards a New Interregionalism?’ by María Belén Olmos Giupponi (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid).


April 2010: “Minority Protection in Latin America: Views from pre and post-Colonial Groups”

Presentations: ‘Constitutionalism and the Other: The Protection of ‘Indigeneity’ in selected Latin American Countries’, Lucas Lixinski (EUI/PhD Researcher); ‘Local (non-Indigenous) Communities and Law in Latin America: Leveling the Playing Field’, Adriana Bessa da Costa Antunes Rodrigues (EUI/PhD Researcher).


March 2010: “Perspectives on Regional Integration”

Presentations: ‘Regional Integration in South America: MERCOSUL, UNASUL and Other Regional Agreements’, Prof. Adriana Dreyzin de Klor (Argentina, EUI/Fernand Braudel Fellow); ‘The Relationship of the EUI with MERCOSUR: An Overview’, Fabiano de Andrade Correa (EUI/PhD Researcher).



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