Professor Doctor Mario Telò


Professor Doutor Mario Telò


Small Summary:

  • Professor of Political Science, University Livre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.
  • Research Director, Institute of European Studies (IEE, ULB) and Institute of Sociology.
  • Jean Monnet Chair, "Problems of Political Union in Europe".
  • Current status and academic honours:
  • Professeur of Political Science, International Relations and European Union studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles(ULB) since 1987.
  • Honorary J. Monnet Chair for Political Problems of European Union since 1998 .
  • Director of the political department of the Institute of European Studies, Brussels (IEE, collective Prix Francqui in year 2000), since 1989 and Research director at the Institute of Sociology.

Curriculum Vitae, Education and Previous employement

  • Master in Political science at Florence University (1974), Spezialization in Rome(La sapienza, 1978) and Researcher in Political science, 1982, always with best marks.
  • Full time Researcher since 1974. Research activities: at the Issoco, Rome, and at the Universities of Rome; Berlin (Free University); Paris 1, Sorbonne; New York, Columbia Un. Etc.
  • Professor (chargé de cours) at the Universities of Copenhagen (1979), Bari (1980-83), Hamburg (1984, 1985).
  • Telo' obtained the title of Associated Professor of History of Political Thought in Italy too (1986): and, later on, the academic title of "Professore ordinario".
  • Visiting appointments and research seminars
  • Courses and research seminars ( in English) in the following Universities:
    Stockholm Un.( 1983), Lund and Uppsala(1982), Copenhagen and Roskilde (Denmark, one semester, 1979-80), London, QMWC (1991 and 92), and London School of Economics, ( 1993).
  • Since 1992, fellow of the Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, Institute for European Studies; Geneva, Summer school on the CFSP (2000), Montreal (2002).
  • Harvard, CES, Cambridge (1999), European Policy Center(Brussels, 2001), Panteion Un.(Athens, 1994), Istambul Univ(1995), Institute of Social Studies, New Delhi( 1998).
  • Japan: Hitotsubashi Un.(1995 and 2001), International Christian Univ.(2000) and Chuo University (1999-2001, for three years, intensive one week classes), Kyoto Univ.(1995), Shizuoka Un.(1999); Macao European Studies Institute (IEEM, 1999, 2000, 2001, intensive one week classes), Ho Chi Min City (intensive classes, two weeks, 2001).
  • Sao Paolo (1999), Mexico UAM (intensive class, a week, 1985), Puebla (1992) European University Institute Florence, Academy of European Law, Collège d'Europe (Bruges),
  • In German: Trier Acadelmy of European Law (2000 and 2001), Bertelsmann Foundation (Gutersloh, Germany), Ebert and Neumann Foundations ( respectively 1994-1995 and 2000), Hamburg Univ. (984-85), Berlin Freie Universitaet (1983), Berlin Humboldt Un.(1998),
  • In French: Paris, Nanterre (1997), Paris Sorbonne (1975, 85 and 1990), Lyon (1998), Leuven Catholic University (Belgium, 1997).
  • In several Italian Universities (courses in Italian), among them Florence Univ. (1991, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001), Pisa School for Advanced Studies(2000), Padua (1985), Rome (1990 and 1999), Bologna, Master in International Studies (2000 and 2001), Bari, Parma, Pavia (Institute of European Studies), Forli', Genua, Milan.
  • He has been requested to represent the ULB Rector in Bruges (College), Rome (La Sapienza), Keio University, Tokyo.

International scientific networks:

Between 1990 and 2000 Prof. Telo' did promote and coordinate an "Erasmus" network among 12 European universities focused on students and staff exchanges and research cooperation in European Studies (ULB, Hamburg, Frankfurt a M., Giessen, Paris 8, Dijon, London, Athens, Florence, Lausanne, Manchester, Thessaloniki);

From 1998-present, he takes part to the central scientific board of the Jean Monnet Action promoted by the EU Commission, with the task of coordinating the academic community contribution to the Nice Treaty, to the European Commission "White paper on Governance" and to the "after- Nice agenda 2004".

Since 1998, he is responsible of the "Jean Monnet Center of Excellence of Brussels, " pooling several J.Monnet chairs and modules on European Union studies and setting common interdisciplinary research guidelines.

He is member of several scientific networks:

"A Soul for Europe. Which European political identity?", based at Heidelberg and Florence Universities, financed by the European Commission, Forward studies unit, for 3 years (1998-2001).

"European Socialdemocracy and Third Way", based at Fr. Ebert Foundation, Berlin and W.Beckman Found., Amsterdam(members: F.Scharpf, A Giddens, Th.Meyer, F.Vandenbrouke…).

"European Democracy", Boston Group at Harvard Univ. Center European Studies(1999);

"Europe and Globalization", College of Bruges (2000, members, P adoan, Roper, Amitai, );

"Euro-Latin American Network" based at Lisbon(IEEI) and Sao Paolo (Inst. Sorensen, Brasil)1995-present. This network, financed both by the European Commission and the Brazilian employers research center includes high level academics from many European, American and Latino-American universities, Ministers(for exemple the brezilian foreign minister, M.C. Lafer), parlament members, representatives of the Busines communities and publishes reports and books on a regular basis .

Furthermore, he is member of the Belgian and Italian Political Science Association (visited as speaker also the German, Mexican, Japanese and French Pol Sc. Associations and the American Sociological Association). Member of the TEPSA(Trans European political studies Association, focused on Treaties Reform), Member of the European Consortium for Political Research (Telo' promoted and chaired 5 international academic panels - 30 paper givers- at the Canterbury world conference in september 2001)and of the International Studies Association.


Selection of research projects and researchers: European University, Florence, Italian Ministry of Research, Giessen Univ., Germany, Montreal University, Taipei Univ.Taiwan, etc; Swedish Academy Social Sciences Uppsala (SCASS), Volkswagen Stiftung, Germany, Univ. of Montreal (Canada).

Served as occasional advisor for the Belgian Government and Parliament (research on European enlargement, Report in four languages, "From Division to Unity", 1989-90),

Served as advisor for the European Commission (Jean Monnet Professors "network of chefs de file", 1999-2000; chair of the working group on the "Reform of the EU governance" and member of the scientific board of the Commission Conference on "Le Grand débat: institutional reform and future of the EU", 2000-2001; member of EU Commission high level group on "Social sciences and European integration" (2001-present),

Advisor for the Presidency of the European Union ( member of academic advisor board to the President, 2000); for the European Parliament ( Research Group on "Globalization and EU", present ).

Advisor to the President of The Belgian Parliament on the topics "Globalization and decision making process"(2002).

Member of the Expert Group of the EU Commission, DG Research, on VI Framework research program, Social Science and Humanities (2002-2003): Coordinator of the Workshop on Citizens and Governance in the EU (22.10.02).

University teaching experience at the Université Libre de Bruxelles:

Undergraduate courses: European integration, International Relations, History of political thought and Political theory, European comparative politics ("Avis pédagogiques": very good)

Graduate-level courses and seminars: Jean Monnet seminar on the political dimension of European integration; EU, new regionalism and globalization.

He provides classes and dissertation supervision also for the ULB Master in International Relations and to the Master in International Relations, co-organised jointly with the Kent University(Canterbury) and the Flemish University Brussels (VUB) and for the DEA in political science.

PhD School in European Studies, Seminars on European Studies: concepts and methodological problems; EU external relations and European identity; EU governance and legitimacy.

Currently supervises six doctoral students ( 9 theses successfully achieved during the past decade).

As Political Department Director at the Institute of European Studies of the ULB (IEE) and Director of the CRITEME (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur la Transition vers l'Economie de Marché des ex-pays de l'Est, Institute of Sociology of the ULB, since 1991), prof. Telo':

chairs the board of the IEE Master in European Political studies ( 20 professors, several assistants and 67 students in 2001/02);

coordinates the research units on the various aspects of the European integration process (EU governance and Institutional Reforms, Foreign relations and defense policy, Europe and Globalization, Political parties and EU parliament, Social dimension of the EU, Lobbying in the EU, Democratic transition in central and eastern Europe );

promotes research programs and international cooperation, sets long-term research guidelines, organizes and chairs scientific seminars and public conferences on the main issues of European construction, including both top international scholars and representatives of the EU institutions (in 2001/2002: Mr Prodi, President of the EU Commission, Mr Lamy, Commissioner for Trade Policy; M.G.Napolitano, President of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament; Mrs Joao Rodrigues, responsible of the advisors board to the Portuguese Presidency of the EU).

Among the main research projects:

"Europe 2000: EU and paneuropean architecture" (financed by the European Commission, the FNRS, the Belgian National Bank, the Istituto Italiano di Studi filosofici, from 1994 to 1999: 5 international conferences, 5 collective books, 3 PhD students ).

"Governance and legitimacy in the EU"(financed by the Belgian State, Ministry of Research, from 1999 to 2004, 5 PhD students + 1 senior researcher); "European union, New regionalism and Globalization" (1998-2003, financed by the Institute of Sociology, the Société Générale, the FNRS, the ECPR).

Since 1999, Director of the PhD School in European Studies, ULB, including 3 Faculties (Law, Political Science, Philosophy)the IEE and the Institute of Sociology . Based on an international network of qualified universities, the interdisciplinary PhD School includes 20 professors and, in 2001/2002, 25 PhD students, five co-tutorships with the Universities of Berlin (FU), Paris (Sorbonne), VUB, Oxford, Pisa.. The PhD School is responsible for students tutorship, promotes methodological seminars on a regular basis, organizes international Summer Schools with support of the European consortium for political research.


M.Telo' published or edited 21 books and more than 100 scientific articles and bookchapters in several languages (French, Italian, English, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbo-croatian, Flemish, Greek)

Since respectively 2 and 5 years, he is Director of two book series on "European Studies", by Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles and by Editions Complexe, Bruxelles.

Main books (as author, editor and co-editor): (with referees: **)

  1. The International Crisis of the Twenties (ed), 1976, in Italian and Spanish, 1978**
  2. Unions, Neocorporatism and Politics in W.Europe (ed), in Ital., Milan, 1982**
  3. European Socialdemocracy in the 30s, in Italian, Milan, 1984
  4. The European New Deal, in French, Brussels, Editions de l'ULB, 1989 **
  5. The Swedish Model (ed), in Italian, Milan, 1984 **
  6. The German Socialdemocrats from Bad Godesberg to the Berlin Program, Preface by W.Brandt, in Italian, Rome, 1988
  7. Towards a New Europe? (ed), Edition de l'ULB, Brussels, 1992 **
  8. EU and the Challenge of Enlargement, (ed) Editions de l'ULB, Brussels, 1993**
  9. Between Nation and Europe.Paradoxes and Dilemmas of European Socialdemocrats, (ed), in Italian, Milan 1991, and in French, Brussels 1993.**
  10. EU as a Social Union ? (ed), Editions de l'ULB, Brussels, 1994**
  11. Democracy and European Construction (ed), Editions de l'ULB, Brussels, 1995**
  12. After the Break of Communism.The Revolution of 1989 and the Political Theory (ed in collab. with G.Haarscher), in French (Brussels, 1992) and in Greek(Athens, 1996);
  13. Rethinking European Construction (ed. in collab. with P. Magnette), in French, Editions de l'ULB, Brussels, 1996 **;
  14. From Maastricht to Amsterdam. Treaty Reform in EU., in French( collaboration with P. Magnette) Complexe, Brussels, 1996 **;
  15. Bobbio. State and International Democracy (ed), in French, Complexe, Brussels, 1999 ( second edition 2002);
  16. European Union and New Regionalism, (ed) in English, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2001**

Special issues of scientific journals


  1. Where is New Germany Going ?( coll..with R. Seidelmann), special issue of "Europa/Europe" Rome, 1996**
  2. Ideas and models for XXIst Century Europe(ed), in Ital., special issue of "Europa/Europe", Rome 1999 **;
  3. The evolution of EU governance, in ital., special issue of "Europa/Europe", 2001**.

Scientific Journals

Member of the directors board of the "Journal of European integration"(Essex university, Colchester UK), " and of "Transitions" (ULB, Brussels).

Member of the scientific board of three academic journals: the "European Union Politics", "Journal of Southern Europe and the Balcans", Italianieuropei"(Rome).

Served as reviewer of the "Journal of Common Market Studies", "European Union Review", "Studia Diplomatica", "Transitions "and other international journals .

Scientific articles published also in: "Studia Diplomatica" (Royal Institute of Internat. Relations, Brussels), "Annali Feltrinelli" (Milan), "Teoria politica" (Univ.Turin), "Res Publica" (VUB, Brussels), "New Political Economy"(Sheffield Univ.), "Die Union"(Vienna, EU Commission), "Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie" (Un.of Heidelberg), "Il Politico" (Un.of Pavia), "Esprit" (Paris), "Il Mulino".

 Recent articles and book chapters in English

Governance and Government in the EU, in M.J. Rodrigues (ed) The European Knowledge Society, Elgar, London 2002)

The EU, Regionalism and Global Governance, in "Studia Diplomatica", 2001, 1-2

Justice and Solidarity, in A Soul for Europe, ed by F.Cerutti and E.Rudolph, Peeters, Leuven-Sterling Virginia, 2001

European Social Democracy and the Third Way, in "New political Economy", n.1, 2000

The Nice Treaty reform: the Role of the Council in P.Cullen(ed) The European Institutions after Nice: are they Fit for Enlargement ?, Academy of European Law Trier, Germany, 2002.

Extensive media contribution

M.Telo' takes intensively part in the public debate on European integration and international politics since more than 20 years . He published many articles in several european newpapers (Le Soir, La Libre Belgique, L'Echo de la Bourse, Il Mondo, La Repubblica, Das Parlament, Libération, La Jornada, several Latino-Americans and Japanese media) and gave many interviews to newpapers, radio, television and on line services (RTBF, RAI, ARTE, TV5, RTL, Deutsche Welle, Finnish and Swedish TV, etc).




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