Dr Clara PORTELA holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is currently a full time faculty member at the University of Valencia, having previously served in a similar position at Singapore Management University.

She is the author of the monograph ‘European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy’ (2010), for which she received the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration.

An expert on international sanctions, she has participated in consultative policy processes convened by the United Nations, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the UK House of Lords, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office, and the Asia-Europe Meeting.

Clara Portela has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (2015-17) and at University of Innsbruck (2014-15), and has held visiting positions with the University of London’s Human Rights Consortium (UK), Carleton University (Canada), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France) and Monash University (Australia).

Selected publications

Portela, C. (2019) Sanctioning kleptocrats, CiFAR: Berlin

Related Publications

Literature Review on Corruption, Narcotics, and Illegal Arms Trade

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Mainstreaming gender and human rights in anti-corruption programming

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  • asset disclosure
  • corruption prevention

Overview of corruption within the justice sector and law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh

  • law enforcement

Anti-corruption and police reform

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Clara Portela


University of Valencia

Professional Title

Full time faculty member, Political Science


  • Europe and Central Asia




International sanctions on misappropriation. Fraud and corruption in the UN and UNHCR camps.

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