Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles

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Francisco Javier Mena Parras

Francisco Mena holds a Master degree in Law (Universitat de Barcelona, 2009) and a “Master complémentaire en droit européen” (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2010, “Grande distinction”, "Major de promotion"). During his studies, he completed an internship in the United Nations Association of Spain (Feb. 08 – May 08) and he was responsible for the academic aspects of several international student simulations. The year after, he followed the Summer Course of the University of San Diego (USA) on International and Comparative Law which took place at the University of Oxford. In March 2012, he took part at the Winter School on Global Legal Research and Information Management, organised by the European Academy of Legal Theory at Stockholm University. In 2013, he completed an internship in the cabinet of the Vice-President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, M. Koen Lenaerts (May 13 - Jul. 13). Currently, Francisco is a doctoral researcher at the Research Group Fundamental Rights & Constitutionalism (Vrije Universiteit Brussel; http://www.vub.ac.be/FRC) and the Institut d’Études Européennes (Université Libre de Bruxelles), where he is also teaching assistant. He is Visiting Graduate Student at St. John's College, University of Oxford, for the academic year 2013-14. 

I-Research activities

His thesis focuses on the national margin of appreciation as a tool to regulate divergence on the protection of fundamental rights at the EU level. This research, under the co-supervision of Professors Emmanuelle Bribosia and Paul de Hert, is undertaken within the project “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (Interuniversity Attraction Poles Programme 2012-17; http://www.hrintegration.be). His main research interests are EU Law, Human Rights Law, Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law.

II-Activités d’enseignement

He is teaching assistant in the course « Négociations européennes – Simulation » (POLI-O-409), and responsible of the methodology seminar of master thesis of the Advanced Master in European Law (TRAN-O-618).

III-Main publications

- 2014: « The European Stability Mechanism through the legal meanderings of the Union's constitutionalism: comment on Pringle » (& S. Adam), European Law Review, 2013, 38 (6), pp. 848-865

- 2013 : « Droits fondamentaux et sécurité: quelle cohérence pour l'approche de la Cour de justice en matière de gel des avoirs? » (& P. Cebulak) in C. FLAESCH - MOUGIN, L. S. ROSSI (éd.), La dimension extérieure de l'espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice après le Traité de Lisbonne, Bruxelles, Bruylant, pp. 549 - 574

- 2012: « Libertés de circulation et conceptions particulières de droits fondamentaux : quelle conciliation à travers la marge nationale d’appréciation et le respect de l’identité nationale ? » in S. BESSON, N. LEVRAT (éd.), “(Dés)ordres juridiques européens / European Legal (Dis)orders”, Zürich, Schulthess, pp. 153-183

- 2012: « La sentencia A, B y C contra Irlanda y la cuestión del aborto: ¿Un “punto de inflexión” en la jurisprudencia del Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos en materia de consenso y margen de apreciación nacional? », Anuario de Derechos Humanos No. 8,  2012, pp. 115-124

- 2011: « Retour sur Kadi : de la nécessité d’une jurisprudence de type Solange I dans les rapports entre le droit de l’Union européenne et le droit des Nations Unies », Cahiers de droit européen, 2010, nº 5-6, pp. 683-729

Contact

Francisco Javier Mena (fmenapar@ulb.ac.be)

+32 2 650 30 27

Institut d’Études Européennes. Avenue F.D Roosevelt 39, 1050 Bruxelles.

Bureau 207 (1er étage).