Under the title “United Arab Emirates, its economy and bilateral relations with Spain”, the Hon. Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), participated the last October 22 2019 in the International Classroom program organized by the CEI International Affairs.


At the meeting, to which different personalities from the business and university world attended, the Ambassador Álvarez spoke about the history, politics, economy and the place that Spain has on the relations with the UAE.


Starting for a summary of the country’s history, the Ambassador Álvarez explained the particularities of the British colonization of the UAE, based on a protectorate system with a high autonomy in internal affairs, as well as the historical process of the federation of the emirates after its independence. Moreover, he said that, despite the country’s federal character, the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the most prosperous, has been consolidating its power and centrality in the federation, as reflected in the fact that the highest authority of the UAE, the president, is the emir of Abu Dhabi itself, Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


The UAE stands out because of its internal stability.


  • Without a liberal democratic regime, the rulers have assured their relative legitimacy through their will and ability to raise the living standards of citizens.


  • The particular composition of the population also stands out: of the county’s ten million residents only one and a half million (a 12%) have the Emirati nationality.


  • The workforce bulk is foreign, in many cases long-term residents who cannot obtain the Emirate nationality due to the limited naturalization regime.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


With regard to the characteristics of the market and the existing economic opportunities, the Ambassador emphasized on the hiper-competitive nature of the Emirate market and the particular idiosyncrasy of the business customs, which require to investors an approach based on perseverance and confidence relationship with local partners.


The UAE has achieved to occupy a position as business hub thanks to its geographical position, at the mid-way between Europe and the Asia-Pacific, and the liberal nature of its society, very opened to what comes from abroad in comparison with other countries of the area. The Ambassador Álvarez also pointed out that the percentage of oil and gas industries’ revenue with respect to the GDP is relatively low (30%) if it is compared with other countries of the Persian Gulf. It is in this way because the Emirates have managed to diversify its economy; specially, they are fomenting bank, energy and tourism sectors (including medical tourism) and infrastructures.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


Regarding the country’s foreign policy, Ambassador Álvarez pointed out the policy of alliances that the UAE have forged over the years: alliance with the United States and alienation with the capitalist block during the Cold War, as well as a policy of good relations and no enmity with the main regional powers (including Iran). This situation allowed the UAE to focus on its internal development without having to be involved in regional conflicts.


Nonetheless, in the last years, a change in this approach can be perceived, with new nuances and vectors that start to break some past equilibriums. Either the economic model for development itself or its regional strategic vision and the involved diplomatic re-equilibriums have derived in a higher participation in foreign politics, especially at the regional scope, where it has played and is playing a significant role in the development of Yemen, Syria, Libya or the Horn of Africa. In foreign politics, as well, the UAE stands out for being one of the countries that invest more money in OAD.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEIRegarding the relations with Spain, it should be highlighted, on the one hand, the great trade superavit of Spain towards the UAE and, on the other hand, the fact that the largest Spanish colony in all Asia is found in the UAE. In addition, the Ambassador also pointed out the interest that the Emirate citizenry has in the Spanish culture.


Mr. Álvarez ended by highlighting the role that the Expo Dubai 2020 is going to have in the building of a good country’s reputation within the international community.


Report elaborated by Manel Gispert

Internship at CEI International Affairs - Degree in Global Studies, UPF

The Constitution of 1988 establishes Brazil as a federal republic with 26 states and one federal district (the capital city, Brasilia). The National Congress, formed by the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, is the body on which the legislative power at the federal level resides.


The President, currently Jair Messias Bolsonaro, is elected every four years by universal suffrage and holds simultaneously the Head of State and Government, since Brazil is a country under a presidential regime, which also gives him broad powers.


Regarding to the economic conjuncture, Brazil has a Gross Domestic Product of 2.02 trillion dollars, the reason why it is one of the largest world economies. In addition, despite moderately, it continues to grow year after year after the hard crisis that the country suffered. Furthermore, the inflation, one of the main persistent economic concerns in the whole South America, has been kept below the objective set by the country’s central bank (3.8% vs. 4.5%).


With regard to the diplomatic relations with Spain, both countries have always enjoyed good bilateral relations. Moreover, with around 133.000 people, Brazil is the third South American country with more Spaniards. In addition, some agreements have been signed between both countries in order to promote political and commercial relations, it’s important to mention that Brazil is the country in the whole Latin America that receives more Spanish exports.


The Hon. Mr. Fernando García Casas, Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Brazil, is going to talk about the current situation and the relations of Brazil with Spain, commercially and diplomatically.


Source: Brazil Country Tab (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation). 



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 26/11/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs) 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)

What does the Entrance Examination consist on?



• Written part: This part consists of 5 questions in Spanish and 5 questions in English on issues related to International Public Law and International Organizations.


In the area of ​​International Public Law we are going to refer to generic concepts. Examples of possible questions:


 - Who can be a subject of Public International Law?


- What are the requirements for a territory to be considered a State?


- What types of international standards exist?


- What is the international custom?


In the area of ​​International Organizations, you should focus on the United Nations and the European Union, with emphasis on the main organizations such as the European Parliament, the European Council, the European Commission or the Council of the European Union. Examples of possible questions:


 - Differences between organisms, differences in the decision-making process...



• Interview in English: Candidates meet with the Ambassador Fernando Perpiñá-Robert. This short interview has the purpose of evaluating the level of English, to ensure that it is enough to follow the bilingual master without difficulties.


• Interview in Spanish: The candidates also meet with the Executive Director of the Master, Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde. Dr. Elizalde analyzes the documentation presented and the written test previously done. He will ask questions to know more about the candidate, in relation to his motivation, international vocation...



Bibliography to prepare the Entrance Examination:


 • Compendium of Public International Law, Oriol Casanovas and Ángel J. Rodrigo, Editorial Tecnos.


International Law, Antonio Remiro Brotons, Editorial Tirant lo Blanch.



We recommend focusing on the basic and generic concepts of the manuals. Pay special attention to the topics or chapters on:


a. International Subjectivity


b. International Law and its regulation


c. United Nations and its operation


d. Main international organizations


e. International Law of Human Rights


f. European Union https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu_en



We make special mention of the fact that not only the usual degrees like Law, Political Science or International Relations can be presented to this test. It is demonstrated that the International Organizations need profiles with different formations.



Time and place for the test:


Time: Morning schedule (will be specified to those registered 1 week before the test)


Location: Headquarters of the CEI.


There is the possibility to perform the access test via Skype.



What do I need to do the Entrance Examination?



The following documentation must be sent to info@ceibcn.com:


  • Candidates must hold a university, engineering or architecture degree (or have less than 10% of the necessary credits left for the award thereof)


  • International orientation


  • Basic knowledge of international issues


  • Strong command of spoken and written English and Spanish


  • Curriculum vitae


  • Certified copy of your university degree or equivalent qualification


  • Copy of a valid ID or passport


  • Covering letter


  • 2 letters of recommendation (academic or professional, in Spanish, French or English)


  • 1 scanned photograph


  • Proof of payment of the €130 entrance examination fee

After the long history of the International Classroom program, carried out by the CEI with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, we have initiated a new activity: CEI’s Afterworks!


We have had the pleasure of counting with Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, to inaugurate this innovative event:



In the context of the periodic visits of Ambassadors of Spain in the exterior that we receive at the CEI, we have initiated a new cycle, CEI’s Afterworks!



What are the CEI’s Afterworks?


CEI Afterworks are private events, in which people assist thanks to a CEI’s invitation. The event usually takes place during the afternoon (from 19h) at the Soho House Barcelona private club.

Afterworks’ aim is to get the young and the business public closer to the different Ambassadors that we are going to receive over the course so that they can know more about a specific country, and at the same time get in touch with the Ambassador and do networking with the rest of assistants.



The first Afterwork, with the of the Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates


We had the big pleasure of inaugurating this activity with Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, as a keynote speaker.


The event was carried out around a brilliant introductory explanation of the country by the Ambassador focused on historical, economic, political… issues to afterwards open a discussion and a time for questions in which such different issues were treated:


  • Advice for the firms wishing to operate in the United Arab Emirates.


  • Women’s situation in the country.


  • Human Rights’ situation.


  • The denomination of tax haven.


And a long etcetera that allowed the assistants to know even the best tourist recommendations of the country by the hands of the Ambassador.



SAVE THE DATE: The next Afterwork is going to take place on November 26th, with the Ambassador of Spain to Brazil.

Under the title "Senegal, its economy and bilateral relations with Spain" on May 28, 2019 CEI International Affairs held a session of International Classroom with the Hon. Mr. D. Alberto Virella Gomes, Ambassador of Spain to Senegal.


The meeting allowed attendees to establish a direct and relaxed dialogue with Ambassador Virella, to whom he shared the political, economic and social reality of the country, focusing on the business opportunities offered and the increasingly close and fruitful link with Spain.




The Ambassador stressed the ties that bind us to Senegal, a country that due to its geographical location is of special importance for Spain. Senegal is a country that due to its geographical location is of special importance for Spain. Unlike other countries in its environment, it is not known to be the scene of armed conflicts or epidemics, but because it is a country that emits irregular migration, an issue that has marked the relationship between Spain, Senegal and the subregion, especially since 2006 with the "Crisis of the cayucos". This circumstance explains to a great extent the intensification of bilateral relations, as well as the notable diplomatic deployment of Spain in the subregion as a whole, marked by a multidimensional approach to the migratory phenomenon.


The Ambassador noted the remarkable political stability of the country, as well as its democratic regime, having been carried out since its independence only peaceful relays of government through democratic elections. The foundations of stability can be found in the remarkable existing ethnic and religious coexistence, together with a secular public administration inspired by the French model.




He also highlighted the development strategy undertaken since Macky Sall took office in 2012, called the "Emerging Senegal Plan", which began running in 2014. Since then, the country has growth rates of 6-7 % of GDP. This strategy aims to reach the level of emerging country before 2035, relying on the exploitation of hydrocarbons (gas and oil) from 2022. It is expected that exploitation will account for 5% GDP and growth rates from 2022-2023 of around 10%. The first five years of the plan have resulted in heavy public investments in infrastructures that seek to address shortcomings that place Senegal today in the category of least developed countries, having made significant investments in access to drinking water and sanitation, electrical connections and road infrastructures.


The legal framework and the implementation of guarantees for investments (including bilateral agreements in force on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments and Double Taxation) represent an attractive and business opportunity for Spanish companies that aspire to awards. Nevertheless, the Ambassador pointed out that market access is not always easy, taking into account the local idiosyncrasy, the values ​​of patience and perseverance. In addition, companies must compete with those of other countries that are also positioned as commercial partners of Senegal.




The representatives of the business sector present in the debate showed an accentuated interest regarding legal security. Senegal is situated at a medium-high level, in Africa, in the legal security indicators and a commercial arbitration system has been put in place. However, it has deficiencies in the labor jurisdiction, generally unfavorable to the interests of the foreign entrepreneur. On the other hand, it is a market with interesting returns focused on the long term. In addition, Senegal must face shortcomings in specialized human resources, due to limited schooling and professional training that must be adapted to the demand of companies. In this sense, the planned and future investments in the tourism sector must be accompanied by the training of human resources in all services connected to it.




The Ambassador also stressed that improving the business climate is essential to attract local and foreign private investment, this being one of the main points of dialogue between the EU (and the donor community as a whole) and the Senegalese government. There is a great willingness in the EU, for example, through its Foreign Investment Plan to guarantee European private investments and contribute, through technical assistance, to improve economic governance, transparency and legal certainty.


At the level of security risks, Senegal has never suffered terrorist attacks or highlighted threats in this regard. However, in addition to having security forces that are increasingly better equipped and prepared, there is a population that actively collaborates with them, warning of possible threats. In the Casamance region, in the south of the country, a low intensity conflict persists, which does not prevent it from being a tourist attraction. As for common crime, it does not reach alarming levels.




Spain has included Senegal in the III Africa Plan (approved in 2019) as one of the priority countries and the first with which a "strengthened partnership" will be established. The Embassy of Spain in Dakar is already one of the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, with several branch offices. For example, it is the only one in that region with an employment and social security office, which facilitates the recruitment at source of Senegalese seasonal workers to go to work in Spain, which constitutes a legal alternative to irregular immigration.


The Ambassador ended up highlighting the importance and symbolism of Dakar hosting the Olympic Youth Games in 2022, being the first Olympic event in Africa, and the opportunity it represents for the development of hotel activity, services, training and human resources.



Report prepared by Francisco Bote Navia

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.

One of the CEI International Affairs’ founders is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, that's why the CEI is considered as the Barcelona Diplomatic School.


Thanks to such a close relation, the Master in Diplomacy former students have been included this year in the beneficiaries of specific Ministry scholarships for paid internships.


A new opportunity to do an internship


All the students of the Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations do mandatory internships during their formation, which can be carried out in International Organizations like the United Nations, different institutions of the European Union; Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Representations of Spain; private firms; NGOs…


Where are some of our former students going to do the internships?


On the one hand, the greater part is going to do the internship of more than 9 months of duration representing the State in the Exterior:






In other cases, the internships are going to be in Madrid, in the AECID:





On the other hand, some of our former students are going to remain in the capital city, to do the internships in the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry: María Luisa peña, Enric Rubiella and Carlos Cañellas.


We wish you all the best of luck and take full advantage of this opportunity!

The Constitution of 1971 establishes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a federal monarchy formed by seven entities with a high level of autonomy named emirates. The most powerful political and legislative organ is the Federal Supreme Council or the Council of Emirs, formed by the seven emirs, who choose their president every five years.


Nonetheless, since the founding of the UAE, the tradition is that the president of that body is the emir of Abu Dhabi (federal capital of the UAE), currently the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The prime minister, elected by the Federal Supreme Council is the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also emir of Dubai and vice-president of the UAE.


Regarding the economic situation, the UAE is characterized by the high economic freedom enjoyed in the country. Its economy is highly based on the extraction and export of oil, although the jewelry production and export sector is also important.


Currently, Spain and the UAE are strengthening this diplomatic relations both in the political field with numerous meetings between the heads of State and Government of both countries and in the economic area that, despite the latest drops in Spanish exports to the UAE, their overall calculation has increased in 920 million euros since 2009.


The Hon. Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, is going to talk about the current situation and the relations of the United Arab Emirates with Spain, commercially and diplomatically.


Source: United Arab Emirates Country Tab (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation). 



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 22/10/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs) 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)


“The Economic Diplomacy in times of trade war: ¿The end of multilateralism?”

Organization: CEI International Affairs

One more year the CEI classrooms are filled again with new students. The dream of achieving an international future is already much closer!


We have started the 2019-2020 academic year of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps with a record of students, and the new official Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations.


On the one hand, the CEI was created to help students with the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps, so this formation is therefore the most veteran.


Preparación Oposición Carrera Diplomática


This year, in the inaugural session of the course we had the Hon. Mr. Fernando Perpiñá-Robert, Ambassador of Spain and tutor of the CEI, Dr. Helena Torroja, Academic Director of the center, the Diplomat Arnau Formiguera as coordinator of the course, with the support of Dr. Marta Abegón, as well as Mrs. Elisabeth Rubio.


On the other hand, the already traditional Master in Diplomacy of the CEI has taken a step forward, becoming a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations, an official Master, taught by the CEI, Affiliated Center* to the University of Barcelona. *Pending publication.


Máster Universitario en Diplomacia y Organizaciones Internacionales


The opening day has counted, again, with the Hon. Mr. Fernando Perpiñá-Robert, Ambassador of Spain and tutor of the CEI and Dr. Helena Torroja, Academic Director of the center. In addition, Ms. Laura Mas, Director of Projects and Programs of the CEI together with Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde, Executive Director of the Master, have presented the new incorporations of teachers this year: Dr. Marta Abegón and Dr. Ana García Juanatey.


We wish you a course full of learning and success!


If you want to see more about the opening day of the 2019-2020 course, you will find much more in our Instagram profile.

Do not miss this summary of the XVIII edition of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, speaking of various geographical areas: Europe, the Mediterranean, the Near East and

After the end of the academic part and the graduation of the 2018-2019 academic year, it is time to pack and start the experience of compulsory internships from 4 to 6 months, in International Organizations, Embassies, Consulates, NGOs ... Do you want to discover where are they going?


Internships in International Organizations 


Prácticas Máster Diplomacia 2018-2019


International Organizations are always a must in the Practices of our students:


  • UNHCR in Panama


  • UN Environment in Panama


  • OECD in Paris


  • European Commission: Directorate General for Growth (DG Grow) in Brussels


  • Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights in Mexico


  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Madrid



Internships in cooperation, Public Administration...


Prácticas Máster Diplomacia 2018-2019


In addition to International Organizations, many students opt for Public Administration, Cooperation... in Institutions such:


  • Think Tanks: IEMed


  • NGOs and Cooperation Programs: Red Cross and CIDEU in Barcelona and Novact in Jordan


  • Private company: Department of Public Affairs and Relations with International Institutions in CaixaBank


  • Public Administration: Directorate General for Mediterranean and European Affairs in the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Barcelona City Council




Internships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation


Prácticas Máster Diplomacia 2018-2019


Finally, as every year, there are also many students who choose to do their internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, either in their representations abroad or in central services in Madrid:


  • Permanent Representation of Spain before International Organizations in Geneva


  • Permanent Representation of Spain before the Council of Europe


  • Permanent Representation of Spain to the OSCE in Vienna


  • Embassy of Spain in Ankara


  • Embassy of Spain in Warsaw


  • Embassy of Spain in Beirut


  • Embassy of Spain in Manila


  • Embassy of Spain in London


  • Embassy of Spain in Nairobi, Kenya


  • Embassy of Spain in Pretoria, South Africa


  • Consulate General of Spain in Montreal


  • Consulate General of Spain in London


  • General Secretariat for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament



Congratulations to all our students for such promising internship destinations!


If you also want to have an international professional future, do not hesitate to ask for information about the Master's Programme in Diplomacy and International Organizations!

Senegal is a presidentialist Republic. The National Assembly consists of 165 deputies elected by universal suffrage every 5 years.


In economic terms, the volume of business and the Spanish presence in Senegal are still modest. Our trade balance with Senegal registers a traditional surplus.


In 2016, exports reached € 253 million (with a decrease of 10% compared to 2015), as a result of the reduction of smelting and iron and steel products (24% decrease) as well as of fuels (of 112.1 M. at 93.5 M).


Among the main suppliers in Senegal, Spain ranked 7th in 2017, ranking 4th in the European Union, behind France, the Netherlands and Belgium.


In relation to its foreign policy, since its independence as a Republic, Senegal has maintained a close relationship with France, former colonial power. Currently Senegal also has a privileged relationship with the EU, which is part of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement.


Senegal has also cultivated excellent relations with the US and has pursued in recent years a greater weight in its foreign relations with emerging countries such as South Africa, India, Brazil, China, as well as with the Gulf Emirates, South Korea or Turkey.


Diplomatic relations between Spain and Senegal have followed an uninterrupted and friendly line since the establishment of diplomatic relations on March 3, 1965.


The Hon. Mr. Alberto Virella Gomes, Ambassador of Spain to Senegal, is going to talk about the current situation and the relations of the country with Spain, commercially and diplomatically.


Source: Senegal Country Tab (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation).



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 28/05/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs). 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara.


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)

After more than 30 years of prestige, working at the service of diplomacy and international relations, we are moving forward in our commitment and we want to apply our expertise in a new CEI Summer Course.


The CEI Summer Course will be entitled: "Approach to the International Community of the XXI century. Challenges and opportunities" is scheduled to be held in Barcelona in July 2020. It is a training that alternates cultural and recreational activities in the city of Barcelona with the knowledge of academic experts on issues related to the International Community.


Our history:  


The CEI International Affairs, Diplomatic School of Barcelona, ​​was born in 1987, founded by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Barcelona and the Banking Foundation "la Caixa".



Our headquarters: 


The headquarters of the CEI are located on Avenida Vallvidrera 25 in Barcelona, ​​in the Finca that Dr. Agustí Pedro i Pons donated to the University of Barcelona.


Curso Verano CEI



CEI Summer Course Program:  


"Approach to the International Community of the XXI century. Challenges and opportunities"


MONDAY, JULY 6, 2020


9: 00H: Welcome of the Steering Committee


9: 30H - 13: 45H: Evolution of the International Community


This first session of the course is going to focus on the analysis of the evolution of the international community until the configuration of the current international community, a plural community, of complex structure, in which the relations among its members have been progressively widened and intensified. In it, new legal principles, rules and institutions have emerged that, along with the traditional norms and institutions that rule inter-state relations, contribute to reinforce the community constituent of the international legal order. At the same time, as it is going to be studied, some dynamics go towards this way.


Session in charge of Dr. Marta Abegón.


19: 00H - 20: 30H: WELCOME ACTIVITY: Paddle Surf in Barceloneta





9: 30H - 13: 45H: Human Rights International protection on the 21st century


This session pretends to study the advances of these protection systems and their current main challenges. With this aim, in the first place, the origin and evolution of human rights protection is going to be studied; in the second place, the main protection systems are going to be presented, either of the universal sphere or of the different regional systems. Finally, two case study are going to be addressed that represent two first-magnitude challenges of international human rights protection: by one side, the extension of the hate discourse and the questioning about minorities’ human rights; and, by another side, the relation between the environment and the human rights, paying attention to their impact in the enjoyment of the economic, social and cultural rights.


Session by Dr. Ana G. Juanatey.





 9: 30H - 13: 45H: Global environmental crisis: normative and institutional responses


In this part of the course, the origin and evolution of the main challenges that environment is currently facing at the global level are going to be analyzed, in addition to the international institutions and norms with which the international community tries to avoid, defend and reduce the environmental damages.


Session by Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde.





 9: 30H - 13: 45H: International Development Cooperation in a changing world


The wealth distribution is changing, moreover, many low income countries are now classified, according to the World Bank, as medium-low income countries. In this session of the course the current tendencies of cooperation in development are going to be studied paying attention to these changes in donors and receivers.


Session by Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde.



 FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020








MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020


 9: 30H - 13: 45H: Regionalism in the international legal system


The second week of the course is going to be started with an analysis and reflection of the regionalism phenomenon in the international legal system. Thanks to the evolution and enlargement of the international community, associations of states with geographical, historical, cultural and of some other type affinities have been formed, what provokes the coexistence of a regional-particular phenomenon inside the international legal system. The need of coordination of the shared interests of these states with similar characteristics has contributed to the formation of international regional organizations whose legal order coexist with the general international law, sometimes reinforcing it, sometimes challenging it. The example of the European Union is going to be studied very particularly.


Session by Dr. Marta Abegón.


TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020


 9: 30H - 13: 45H: Legal options for the international community in the face of the international crimes


In this session of the course what is pretended is to introduce the study of the international criminal law, an area of international law focused on pursuing the most severe international crimes. Especially, this course is focused on analyzing which is the range of legal options that the international community has in order to pursue and sanction these crimes, which mainly include genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. After summarizing the first international agreements that try to define and establish the bases to be able to pursue these crimes, the different formed international courts are going to be studied, paying special attention to the establishment of the International Criminal Court by the Statue of Rome in 1998.


Session by Dra. Marta Abegón and Dra. Ana G. Juanatey.






 9: 30H - 13: 45H: Contemporary challenges to international peace and security


Since the Cold War, new causes of international insecurity have emerged to coexist with the traditional challenges to peace and security, especially derived from a use of the force in international and intern armed conflicts. In this sense, a short summary of the system of international peace and security maintenance is going to be made and we are going to think about the current challenges and the main ways to face them.


Session by Dr. Ana G. Juanatey.





9: 30H - 13: 45H: The legal regime of the economic globalization


In this part of the course we are going to study the main international economic institutions and their basic norms. Especially, the norms of the international trade are going to be analyzed, including their influence in the regional economic integration processes, and the international monetary system.


Session by Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde.



Farewell DINNER







Course price: 


Price of the course per student:

- € 775 for enrollments made before April 3, 2020.

- € 875 for enrollments after this date.


Sign up as a group! If you are a group of 5 students who join together you will all have a 10% discount on the price of the course.



Where can I stay?


From the CEI we recommend the best residences of students and Senior Colleges that, due to their location, are closer to the headquarters of the CEI, and have an average price of approximately € 40 / night:


Tres Torres Student Residence


• Major Colleges of the University of Barcelona: Sant JordiRamon Llull y Penyafort-Montserrat 


Emilie de Villeneuve Student Residence


Sarrià University Residence



Discover Barcelona by the hand of the CEI!


Barcelona is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city that integrates sea and mountains, and the best urban routes with Roman and medieval remains, in addition to the most special examples of Modernism of the twentieth century.


Curso Verano Barcelona CEI


Not surprisingly, UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site emblematic constructions of Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner.


What can I do in Barcelona? You can visit the best museums and monuments, you can either go to the best shopping areas and the most fun beach or mountain activities.



* In the event of canceling the registration before the start of the course, the registration fee will be returned only for reasons of force majeure. The amount of the course will not be refunded in any case when it is initiated. The CEI has the the right to cancel the course if it does not arrive at the minimum number of students. 


On May 28, 2019 CEI International Affairs invites you to the conference "Dialogue with the Ambassador of Spain to Senegal", which will be offered by the Ambassador of Spain to Senegal, the Hon. Mr. Alberto Virella Gomes.


The Hon. Mr. Virella will analyze the current economic, political and social situation of the country and its relationship with the Spanish state at a commercial and diplomatic level.


CV of the Ambassador

Senegal Country Tab 

(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation)





Date: 28th May 2019


Aimed at: Open to the public


Time: 5.30 pm


Place: Saló de Graus room, Faculty of Law, University of Barcelona, Av. Diagonal, 684 (Barcelona)


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The International Classroom of the CEI took place on June 25 with the Ambassador of Spain to India, Mr. José Ramón Barañano. The event was attended by representatives from the business world, the Chamber of Commerce, the university...


During his first speech, the Ambassador described the Asian landscape: He defined Asia as the continent of the 21st century, relying on the enormous possibilities offered by the increase in its GDP, the transfer of the world trade center of the Atlantic to the Strait of Malacca, some unassumable growth rates for the West and its demographic weight. Even so, he stressed that the challenges facing the continent in terms of governance, inequality and political and institutional stability are enormous.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to India - CEI


In the second part of his speech, Mr. Barañano focused his speech in India. He explained gradually his political, economic, social reality and the diplomatic and economic relations that the country maintains with Spain. Despite the absence of historical ties, India presents a unique potential in various sectors for the foreign policy of Spain:


The Ambassador referred specifically to the possibilities that Spanish companies have in the telecommunications, transport infrastructure, banking, fashion industry and specifically the bridal sector, and education sectors and offered for this your institutional support.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to India - CEI


He highlighted the plural nature of the country, its religious and ethnic diversity and its youth - the country incorporates a million young people into the labor market every month - and the enormous boost of its internal demand with an annual growth of more than 7% for two decades and a growing middle class.


He encouraged all attendees to pay greater attention to India, without even thinking that it will be the next China. He compared the two models of society, highlighting the demographic growth of India, which will soon surpass China, and its democratic character. He pointed out the enormous challenges that the country has posed. The coexistence between ethnic groups and religions is not easy and rests on a fragile balance that Hindu nationalism or radical Islamism can break.


Meeting with the Ambassador of Spain to India - CEI


He also affirmed the need for a modernization of labor legislation, the strengthening of a weak banking system, the formalization of the economy, the increase in productivity and the fight against tolerance against social inequalities.



Report prepared by Bruno Sánchez

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps

The Hon. Mr. Carlos Abella y de Arístegui, Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Ecuador, was invited to participate in the Meeting with Ambassadors of Spain, framed in the International Classroom organized by the CEI International Affairs. In this meeting, different personalities from the business world and international relations participated.


The Ambassador began his speech by enumerating a series of typical characteristics of Ecuador, which allowed attendees to obtain an overview of this country. Ecuador achieved independence in 1822, although it would not be independent as such until 1830. Throughout the nineteenth century there was a series of political, military and social changes that made that century and part of the next, a convulsive period for the country. Democracy is finally established in 1979.


ecuador2Regarding the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country (officially 6% of the population is indigenous, compared to 72% of mestizos), he pointed out that the demarcation between ascriptions is often diffuse, being the case that Ecuadorian citizens are often considered indigenous or mestizo because of factors that are not strictly ethnic, such as the profession or the geographical area of ​​residence.


Ambassador Abella also reported on recent political developments: After the so-called party-crisis period (1996-2006), in mid-2006 Rafael Correa assumed the presidency of the country for two consecutive terms until mid-2017, when Lenin Moreno, the current president, also of the party runner, succeeds him in office. During the Correa phase, in 2008, the new constitution, called Montecristi, was approved, which aims to consecrate the postulates of socialism of the 21st century, among which to give a greater participatory role to its citizens.


  • In the economic chapter, he stressed that after several years of strong economic growth, with an average GDP growth rate of 4.5%, in 2015-2016 a period of shadows and lights begins, as economic growth slows down given the drop in the price of oil, the unstable regional economic situation, as well as an appreciation of the dollar that reduces the competitiveness of Ecuadorian exports. This has as consequences the reduction of domestic and foreign direct investment, and the reduction of public spending to be able to cope with the fall of tax revenues.


The economy was also affected by the trade safeguard measures that were imposed from 2015 to May 2017 and further reduced domestic and foreign trade in the country. However, during 2017 and once the measures were dismantled, the economy and trade grew thanks to the entry of the Multiparty Agreement between the European Union and Ecuador, which has grown both imports and exports.


Currently, President L. Moreno has taken a series of decisions to develop an economic reform of the country such as reducing public spending, eliminating safeguards, reducing VAT, a tax reduction and public taxes, to try to reactivate the country's economy. This has finally led Ecuador to reach an agreement with the IMF and other International Financial Institutions to establish conversations with the International Monetary Fund in an attempt to finance and manage its consolidated debt. In a positive way, we should mention, the low inflation of the country with a rate of 0.27% thanks to the dollarization of the economy, compared to a public debt of 45% of GDP, which means that the country risk remains high.




  • In the foreign policy chapter, diplomatic relations with Spain continue to be presided over by a climate of trust and collaboration, in part due to the increase in Ecuadorian citizens in Spain, which according to data from the National Institute of Statistics totals 137,000 people, although the total figure , including binational ones, is about 480,000. Spain is among the first investors in Ecuador, with 120 companies installed in practically all economic sectors. Spain is configured as the first exporter to the country within the Union and also as the first importer.


During the Q&A time several questions were raised: On the one hand, economic and energy issues arose, as well as on the type of health system existing in the country. On the other hand, the meeting gave rise to other exchanges on the access and level of university education in the country, the weight of Spanish Cooperation in Ecuador and the degree of involvement of diplomatic relations between different states, including Spain, first, by the Venezuelan crisis, and later, because of the case of J. Assange.


The Ambassador concluded by noting that, despite the difficulties, the country is beginning to show signs of economic recovery, making Ecuador an attractive country to make investments. He also referred to the challenges facing Ecuador in the coming years, among which the challenge of taking advantage of its hydroelectric potential or ending informal jobs (56% of the total), which reduce capacity State collection.





Report prepared by Nayara Maldonado Solís


Student of the Master in Diplomacy and International Public Service





The former Master in Diplomacy and International Public Service (UB-UAB) was born as a 100% professional training, that's why it wasn’t official since its creation.


For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Master becomes official, and receives the designation of Master's programme in Diplomacy and International Organizations, taught by the CEI International Affairs, Affiliated Centre * to the University of Barcelona. * Pending publication.



What are the advantages of an Official Master's programme?



  • An official Master's programme has a greater international recognition. In the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), official master's degrees are recognized in all universities.


  • It allows access to pursue a Doctorate in Spain.



  • If at the end of a Master's degree, the student decides to apply for a public examination, at the time of assessing the merits, the Official Master's Degree is awarded as postgraduate training, while the Own Title scores as continuing education and its value it is inferior.



What will the Official Master's Degree consist of?



The Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations will maintain the same essence as the former title:


  • Career oportunities: Diplomacy; international officials of the UN or the EU; ...


  • Teaching staff: International officials, diplomats ...


  • Compulsory internship (3-6 months): In Embassies, Consulates, International Organizations ...


  • Spanish-English bilingual training


Check all the information about the Master's programme in Diplomacy and International Organizations.





On the occasion of the officialization of the title in September the final entrance examination is going to be held.


  • Next date: September 10.

The Course on the European Union has come to an end, and one more year, its students have collected the diplomas at the closing ceremony of the course.

The Republic of India, in Hindi Bhārat Ganarājya, is the seventh largest country in the world. Its surface is six times bigger than the Spanish one.


It’s expected that its population, today of 1,340 million inhabitants, will soon reach that of China, 1,379 million, and it will be the most populated country in the world. Until 1991 the successive governments applied a policy of centralized planning and substitution of imports.


Since then, successive reforms have profoundly transformed the country's economy. Although it still faces great challenges, the Indian economy now has one of the highest growth rates in the world and is now the 6th largest in the world.


The political life after the independence has been dominated in its majority by the Party of the Congress, under the historical leadership of the Nehru-Gandhi family, until 1977, when for the first time it lost elections. Since the nineties, the Popular Party of India (Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP), a Hindu conservative party, has been gaining weight.


India ranks 36th as a destination for Spanish exports and is the 19th largest supplier in our country. Among the countries of the EU, Spain is the 7th exporter to India and the 7th importer of Indian products.


The valuation of Spain in India, in terms of its specific weight in economic and technological matters, has improved considerably in recent years, especially in areas such as infrastructure and renewable energies.


In relation to its foreign policy, one of the main novelties, since the arrival of the BJP party to the government, has been the intensification and diversification of India's foreign relations. The current government seeks the recognition of India as a global power of the first order.


Diplomatic relations between Spain and India began in 1956. Spain created in 1958 a resident embassy in New Delhi. As a result of Prime Minister Modi's trip to Spain in May 2017, both countries approved a joint document under the title "Association for peace, growth and innovation between Spain and India".


The Hon. Mr. José Ramón Barañano, Ambassador of Spain to India, will present the current situation and the relations of the country with Spain, at a commercial and diplomatic level.


Source: India Country Tab (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation).



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 25/06/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs). 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara.


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)

The Danish Refugee Council is leading an exciting new EU project aiming at recruiting and deploying individuals as part of the European Union Aid Volunteers initiative. The project enables EU citizens and long-term residents in EU to get involved in international humanitarian aid projects and foster their career, recruiting senior and junior positions for EU Aid Volunteers.


EU Aid Volunteers


  • Are you a young professional?


For young professionals this is a great opportunity to get involved in international humanitarian aid projects and by this kick-starting an international career within the humanitarian sector. As an EU Aid Volunteer, you will be able to upgrade your skills within the field of humanitarian aid through in-depth training and hands-on experience in a non-EU country affected by disaster.


  • Are you an experienced professional?

For experienced professionals this is a great opportunity to gain new or more international experience by getting involved in humanitarian aid projects in non-EU countries affected by disaster. As a senior EU Aid Volunteer, you will be able to strengthen and develop your skills within the field of humanitarian aid through in-depth training and hands-on field experience.


  • Is this volunteering paid?

The initiative covers volunteers’ expenses during the trainings and deployment, including travel costs, insurance, and accommodation. In addition, EU Aid Volunteers will receive a monthly subsistence allowance covering everyday expenses such as food, local transport and other expenses.



Our experience with the Hope Project:


The CEI International Affairs, as well as other European Universities, is participating in the Hope Project, led by the Danish Refugee Council, the Estonian Refugee Council and Alianza por la Solidaridad.


As we said, the main objective of this project is to promote the presence of young people in the European Union Aid Volunteers, at the same time that we announce the different vacancies at Internacional Vacancies


Moreover, the Hope Project has given us the opportunity to invite at the Master in Diplomacy and International Public Service some important personalities as Mr. F. Harhoff, Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) or Mr. Mohamed A. Bangura, Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).


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Last week, our Project & Program Manager, Ms. Laura Mas, travelled to Tallinn, Estonia, to work with the Hope Project team with the purpose of creating a strategy for: Making students aware of EU Volunteers, and make sure the students have proper skills for the EU Aid Volunteer positions.


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