Instituto de Derecho Parlamentario, Universidad Complutense

The Institute for Parliamentary Studies is a research institute created in 1985 by an agreement between the UCM and the Congress of Deputies. The Institute is closely linked with the Constitutional Law Department of the Law Faculty of the Complutense University. The Faculty of Law has been recognized as one of the top hundred Schools of Law in the world in the QS World University ranking.

The institute runs the Master Degree in Parliamentary Law, Elections and Legislative Studies. Launched in 2009-2010, this master has now 72 graduates, from a dozen of countries and with extensive experience in the professional and political arena. The Institute has signed collaboration agreements with several Latin American parliaments. The “Congreso de Chile” and the “Congreso de la República del Perú” award an annual scholarship to their clerks to study the Master.

The institute organised a broad programme of lectures and seminars, such as UNAM-COPUEX international seminar on electoral federalism was organized at the Institute. The institute also collaborates with Latin American parliaments in the organization of specialisation courses for their parliamentarians and officials (“Congreso del Estado de Michoacán”, “Cámara de Diputados de la República Dominicana”).

Finally, the Institute has been awarded four research projects by the Spanish Government related with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Inter American System. This projects are part of the national research programme and they are awarded through a competitive procedure. The Institute collaborates with the UCM Financial Law Department in a research project on budgetary stability.