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The centre

In July 2013, the University of Deusto (UD) was designated Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Union Law and International Relations, awarded by the European Commission.

This recognition consolidates the long-standing history of teaching, research and outreach on European and international issues that UD began with the creation of the Institute of European Studies in 1979, the first university centre devoted to European integration studies.

Pioneers in teaching Community Law.

In 1988, the Faculty of Law also became the first centre in Spain to introduce the “Community Law” subject as a compulsory subject in its curricula.

At present, there are many subjects on European and international legal issues taught in the BA in Law and Double Degrees in Law and Business Administration and Law and International Relations.

In recent years, UD’s European and international outreach has expanded significantly, becoming one of its hallmarks.

In 2010, UD was awarded two Jean Monnet Chairs by the European Commission.

In 2011, Deusto was one of the 18 universities to be designated as an International Campus of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The International Research School is one of its most important achievements.

With these awards, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) incorporates a new interdisciplinary platform to UD, aimed at promoting training, research and knowledge transfer on the European Union.

The various sections in this website contain key information on the JMCE activities, the centres, teams and people involved in it. Our aim is to improve and update this website regularly.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website and that you find more detailed information about the projects and activities of this JMCE at the University of Deusto.

Beatriz Pérez de las Heras
JMCE Academic Coordinator


Cross-border aims – European construction

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Union Law and International Relations has as its main objectives to:

  • Promote excellence in teaching and learning on European Union (EU) issues, through the new Double Degree programmes in Law and International Relations and the BA in International Relations, as well as the various postgraduate and PhD courses.
  • Promote interdisciplinary research by conducting research projects that generate and transfer new knowledge about the European integration process.
  • Provide a forum open to civil society for critical analysis and debate on Europe, through the organisation of public events such as meetings, seminars, conferences, etc.
  • Disseminate knowledge on new developments of European construction through Deusto's Revista Cuadernos Europeos journal and other scientific contributions by the JMCE staff.
  • Promote intellectual and scientific exchange with other university centres, both in Spain and abroad.
  • Contribute to shaping a European Continuing Education Area.


-A great contribution in resources

To meet its objectives and develop its activities, the JMCE relies primarily on the academic infrastructure of the Faculties of Law and Social and Human Sciences and the Institute of European Studies, which belongs to the latter Faculty.

The CRAI-Library (Resource Centre for Learning and Research) and the European Documentation Centre, in particular, provide bibliographic and documentary support for educational and research activities.

Our teaching and research staff, and other staff at these centres participate in, and contribute to developing JMCE activities.

-Directora Académica del Centro de Excelencia Jean Monnet en derecho de la UE y Relaciones Internacionales

Directora Académica
MIembros staff
 Beatriz Nueva carnet  
Beatriz Pérez de las Heras
  • Catedrática de derecho de la Unión Europea
  • Titular de la Cátedra Jean Monnet en Estudios Interdisciplinares sobre Integración Europea 
  • Curriculum


-Miembros del personal

MIembros staff
 Joana Abrisketa cv  
Joana Abrisketa Uriarte
  • Profesora Titular de Derecho Internacional Público
  • Experta en Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos 
  • Currículum  
 Laura Gomez Foto cv

Laura Gómez Urqujo 

  • Profesora Titular de Economía de la Unión Europea
  • Investigadora del Equipo de Investigación Integración Europea 
  • Currículum
 Maria Luz Suarez foto cv Mª Luz Suárez Castiñeira 
  • Profesora Titular de Lenguas Modernas
  • Directora del Instituto de Estudios Europeos
  • Currículum