Mónica Velasco Pufleau, PhD
Director of EU-LAC relations Chair
Mónica Velasco Pufleau is Director of the European Union (EU) – Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Chair at the European Institute of International Studies (EIIS) since March 2021. She holds a cum laude PhD in Law – International Studies from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and has been Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) under the AFR postdoc scheme managed by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). From 2015 to 2017, she was also Editorial Manager of the international scientific journal ‘Regions & Cohesion’ published by Berghahn Journals and indexed in Scopus.
Her research interests include EU external relations, human rights, civil society participation, and parliamentary diplomacy. Specifically, her current research focuses on the political dimension of EU relations towards LAC countries, especially concerning the promotion of human rights in Mexico through political conditionality under the so-called ‘human rights clause’. Her latest publications include ‘The Impact of Parliamentary Diplomacy, Civil Society and Human Rights Advocacy on EU Strategic Partners: The Case of Mexico’, in S. Stavridis and D. Jancic (eds.), Parliamentary Diplomacy in European and Global Governance, Leiden: Brill, 2017, and the second part (‘Parliamentary Dialogue and the Role of the Joint Parliamentary Committee’) of the study The Modernization of the European Union-Mexico ‘Global Agreement’ (2015) requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs within the context of the re-negotiation of the international agreement between the EU and Mexico.
Mónica Velasco Pufleau is also member of the Academic Council of the Latin American and Caribbean Business and Studies Center of the Anglo American University (Prague, Czech Republic).