Claes, M (Monica)

Career History

Monica Claes is professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. She was previously Professor of European and Comparative Constitutional at Tilburg University. She studied law at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) and European law at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). She has a PhD from Maastricht University.

Monica’s main areas of interest are the relationship between European and national constitutional law, the development of a European constitutional space, common constitutional principles and the concept of national constitutional identity. Since 2008, she heads the European and National Constitutional Law Project EuNaCon, funded by the European Research Council, see 

Monica is a scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law,  a member of the Ius Commune Research School and of the Montesquieu Institute Maastricht. She is a member of De Jonge Akademie (DJA). She is on the editorial board of the European Constitutional Law Review (EuConst) and of the Tijdschrift voor Constitutioneel Recht (TvCR). She was a member of the Royal Commission on the Review of the Constitution (Staatscommissie Grondwet, 2009-2010).

Monica teaches Comparative Constitutional Law at Maastricht Faculty of Law.

Work for third parties

  • Member editorial board at Tijdschrift voor Constitutioneel Recht (TvCR)
  • Alumna at De Jonge Akademie (DJA)
  • Editor in chief at European Constitutional Law Review (EuConst)

Additional roles & tasks

Professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law