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EU Citizenship, Federalism, and Rights

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Event date: Friday, 17 November 2017 09:00 am - Saturday, 18 November 2017 06:00 pm
Place: Court of Justice of the European Union/ University of Luxembourg


Keynote Speaker: Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston

Convenors: Prof. Dimitry Kochenov (University of Groningen) 
                    Prof. Eleftheria Neframi (University of Luxembourg)

Organisers: Amicale des Référendaires de la Cour de justice de l’UE / University of Luxembourg / University of Groningen


Union citizenship is undergoing continuous evolution, given the constant tension between the EU’s origins as an international economic organisation and its federal aspirations. EU law adopts a “constitutional” approach to citizenship, as Union citizenship is meant to be the fundamental status of nationals of the Member States. There is the risk, however, that in the context of the division of competences between the Union and the Member States the rights derived from EU citizenship, instead of being universally bestowed on all EU citizens, turn into a compensatory device to enhance the life chances of those who are perceived as “contributing to the internal market”, leaving all the most vulnerable citizens in need of protection by definition outwith the scope of EU law, thus going against the very logic of citizenship as a status of equals and heralding a supranational citizenship without rights for the majority of Europeans.

These problems were investigated in EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights (Cambridge University Press 2017) edited by Prof. Dimitry Kochenov. In this work, leading scholars and practitioners of EU constitutional law examined the relationship between EU citizenship, citizens’ rights and the vertical delimitation of competences, thereby linking the constitutional questions of federalism and citizenship in the European Union. The Conference complementsEU Citizenship and Federalism, by providing for an opportunity of dialogue among scholars and practitioners on the developments of EU citizenship law. Confirmed speakers include Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston (Keynote), Dr. Sara Iglesias Sánchez, Prof. Daniel Sarmiento, Dr. José A. Gutiérrez-Fons, and Prof. Daniel Thym.


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