Policy, Law, and Regional Autonomy in Europe


Lecturers typically include:

Estibaliz Amorrortu Gómez
Estibaliz Amorrortu Gómez holds a bachelor’s degree in Basque philology from the University of Deusto and a PhD in linguistics from the University of Southern California. She is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Basque Studies at University of Deusto , where she teaches BA courses in Basque philology, modern languages and Basque language and culture. During the past few years, she has been working on language attitudes toward Basque among non-Basque speakers and new speakers of Basque. She is co-author of the book Nuevos Hablantes del Euskera: Experiencias, Actitudes e Identidades (2016).

José Ramón Bengoetxea Caballero
José Ramón Bengoetxea Caballero studied law and philosophy at National Distance Education University (UNED) and the University of the Basque Country, where he graduated in law. He was awarded a PhD in law from the University of Edinburgh and completed his training at the Universität des Saarlandes and the European University Institute. He is an accredited professor at the University of the Basque Country where he also coordinates the ehuGune (“rethinking together”) program. Since 2012, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Bordeaux, where he teaches Spanish constitutionalism. He has also been a visiting professor at the universities of Oxford, Stanford, Helsinki, and Kansai. He has served as secretary general of the Basque Council of the European Movement; as a member of the Basque Country’s Arbitration Commission; as a member of the European Union Court of Justice; as deputy minister of Labour and Social Security in the Basque government, and as a scientific director of the International Institute of Legal Sociology. In 2010, he received the Eusko Ikaskuntza-Laboral Kutxa Award for Humanities, Culture, Arts and Social Sciences. His research and publications explore issues of legal reasoning, theory, philosophy and sociology of European law, theory of European integration, political philosophy, European regionalism, transitional justice, legal pluralism, comparative law and comparison of legal cultures.

Asier Blas Mendoza
Asier Blas Mendoza heads the Department of Political Science, at Universidad del Pais Vasco where teaches comparative politics, Basque and Spanish political systems, and citizen participation. His research is focused on democratic innovation, comparative nationalism and power-sharing. His last book, in Spanish, is Patterns of Democracy in Spanish Autonomous Communities, and his recent academic articles are “The Jewel in the Crown: Cooptive Capacity and Participation During Austerity in Cardiff and San Sebastian-Donostia” (IJURR, 2018) and “Power-Sharing Coalitions in the Basque Country (1987–1998): Centripetal coalitions vs. consociational coalitions“(Nations and Nationalism, 2018).

Jesús Casquete Badallo
Jesús Casquete Badallo is professor of Political Thought and Social and Political Movements at the University of the Basque Country, and a fellow of the Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung in Berlin. His main research areas are the theory of collective action and social movements, Basque nationalism and German contemporary history. He is the author of the following books: El Poder de la Dalle: Ensayos sobre acción colectivaEn el nombre de Euskal HerriaLa religión política del nacionalismo vasco radical; and Nazis a pie de Calle: Una historia de las SA en la República de Weimar. He is also co-author of Diccionario Ilustrado de Símbolos del Nacionalismo Vasco.

Cristina Churruca Muguruza
Cristina Churruca Muguruza is associate professor and a senior researcher at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto. She developed her research career at the University of the Basque Country and at the University of Bochum in Germany. She has received several research grants including a researcher training fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education at the University of the Basque Country, the Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship from the European Union, and from the Institute of Peace and Armed Conflict at the University of Bochum. Her main areas of research are human security, in particular the protection and resilience of forced displaced people; current trends and challenges in human rights, humanitarian action and peacebuilding; and the common foreign and security policy of the European Union in this field.

Felipe Gómez Isa
Felipe Gómez Isa holds a BA in law and economics and a PhD in international law from the University of Deusto. He is professor of international law at the Bilbao campus of the University of Deusto, where he teaches BA courses on international law and human rights in Spanish and in English, and MA courses on international protection of human rights and women’s rights. His publications include El Derecho al Desarrollo Como Derecho Humano en el Ambito Jurídico Enternacional, Privatisation and Human Rights in the Age of Globalisation (co-edited with Koen de Feyter), International Human Rights Law in a Global Context (co-edited with Koen de Feyter), Rethinking Transitions: Equality and social justice in societies emerging from conflict (co-edited with Gaby Oré), Freedom From Want from a Local Perspective: Evolution and challenges ahead in the local relevance of human rights (edited by Koen de Feyter, Stephan Parmentier). He is part of the research team Social and Cultural Challenges in a Changing World, recognized by the Basque government.

José Ramón Intxaurbe Vitorica
José Ramón Intxaurbe Vitorica is professor of constitutional law and history of law, as well as researcher at the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto. His publications and research areas are related to the legal challenges posed by the management of socio-cultural diversity in contemporary democracies; law and equality policies and nondiscrimination or migration; and asylum policies of the European Union. Within the Basque government’s Peace and Coexistence Plan, he is co-author of several reports on strategies and actions in favor of peace and coexistence as well as on victims of terrorism and violence, commissioned by the general secretariat for Human Rights, Coexistence and Cooperation.

Xabier Landabidea Urresti
Xabier Landabidea Urresti holds a BA in audiovisual communication and a BA in political science and administration from University of the Basque Country,  a master’s degree in corporate, institutional and audiovisual communication, and a PhD in leisure and human potential from the University of Deusto. He is an associate researcher at the University of Deusto, where he teaches at the Bilbao campus on the undergraduate degrees in modern languages and management and Basque language and culture. His publications have dealt mainly with leisure, communication, and contemporary Basque society. He was an associate researcher at the Institute of Leisure Studies as part of the Leisure and Human Development research team, recognized by the Basque government. He is working on the reformulation of the research line of the Institute of Basque Studies on Basque identity or identities and the challenges of the global era.

Rafael Leonisio Calvo
Rafael Leonisio Calvo holds a PhD in Political Science from University of the Basque Country. He was a fellow of the University Teacher Training Programme of the Ministry of Education and is a member of the University of the Basque Country’s Euskobarómetro team. He also collaborates with the University of Deusto’s Regional Manifestos Project. His main research areas are political parties, electoral behavior, content analysis methodology and Basque politics, on which he has published several book chapters and articles in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, Regional and Federal Studies, National Identities, Revista Española de Ciencia Política, Revista de Estudios Políticos, and Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas. He is also the author of “Cambio y Continuidad en el Discurso Político: El caso del Partido Socialista de Euskadi” and co-editor of “ETA’s Terrorist Campaign: From violence to politics.”

Steffen Bay Rasmussen
Steffen Bay Rasmussen holds a PhD in international relations from the University of the Basque Country, a BA in political science from the University of Southern Denmark, and an MA in European studies from the University of Aalborg (Denmark). He is associate professor at the University of Deusto, teaching courses on public international law, comparative regional integration, security and defense, and European integration. He is director of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Euroculture. His recent publications include “The Ideas and Practices of the European Union’s Structural Antidiplomacy: An unstable equilibrium,” “Constructing the European Demos through External Action? The case of consular assistance to EU citizens,” “EU Diplomacy as a Quantum Superposition: Toward a conceptual common ground for interdisciplinary studies of a pluralising phenomenon?,” “The New Narrative for Europe and the Culture Identity Nexus in European Union Public Diplomacy,” “EU Diplomacy After Lisbon: Institutional innovation, diplomatic practices and international strategy.”

María Pilar Rodríguez Pérez
María Pilar Rodríguez Pérez obtained her PhD degree in romance languages and literature at Harvard University. She was a professor in the departments of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Women´s Studies at Columbia University and presently she teaches at the Department of Communication at University of Deusto in San Sebastian. She has published six books and 50 articles and book chapters on literature, film, culture and gender studies, and is the winner of three national essay prizes. She is the principal researcher of the communication research group at Deusto University. She has been awarded three research posts by the National Assessment Commission on Research Activities. She is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals and has recently been a visiting professor at the University of Dartmouth College, University of Chicago, and Columbia University. Her last book, written with Rob Stone, is Basque Cinema: A Cultural and Political History.

Eduardo Javier Ruiz Vieytez
Eduardo Javier Ruiz Vieytez is professor of constitutional law at University of Deusto, where he serves as dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, and previously was director of the Human Rights Institute. He has been legal adviser of the Basque Ombudsman and the president of an NGO working to promote immigrants’ rights in the Basque country. He has also been a member of the Spanish Council for Integration of Migrants (a consultative body of the Spanish government), and participated in several missions of the Council of Europe concerning minorities. His fields of research are integration policies, national conflicts, minority rights, and the relation between human rights and religious, linguistic and cultural diversity. He has been a member of the board of directors of the International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion network, and of the board of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Basque Country).

María Luisa Sánchez Barrueco
María Luisa Sánchez Barrueco holds a BA and a PhD in law from the University of Deusto, a degree of profound studies in European and international law from the Université Catholique de Louvain, and an MA in European public administration from the College of Europe in Bruges. Since 2010, she has been a senior lecturer at the University of Deusto in Bilbao and San Sebastian. She teaches courses on international organizations and European Union law at the undergraduate level; and EU foreign policy and EU relations with Latin America at the graduate level. She has provided specialized expertise to national and international public bodies, notably the UK House of Lords, the International Organization for Migration, and the European Parliament. She has provided professional training on EU-related matters to the national diplomatic academies of Ecuador, Uruguay, and Chile. Her current research is focused on EU institutions and policies with specific foci on institution design, performance evaluation, and public accountability and integrity, all within the framework of multilevel governance. In 2015, she cofounded EUFINACCO (European Financial Accountability), an international research network which has grown to more than 50 members in 25 European states. The European Commission awarded her a Jean Monnet Module on Students’ Awareness of Public Integrity and Accountability by the European Commission from 2017-20. She was also elected by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies as a member of their executive committee from 2017-2019.

Gorka Urrutia Asua
Gorka Urrutia Asua is researcher and director at the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute. He holds a PhD in international and intercultural studies at the University of Deusto; a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from University of the Basque Country; and a specialist diploma in international humanitarian Action-NOHA, UD and University of Uppsala. He has worked with NGOs, governmental and international organizations in the field of international cooperation in Europe and South America. His research focuses on human rights, migrations, diversity and religion.