Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Seminar: The Rights to Have What Rights? EU Citizenship in Urgent Need of Clarification

Prof. Dimitry Kochenov, University of Groningen

06Mar2012 12:15 - 13:15


Prof. Dimitry Kochenov, University of Groningen

Dimitry Kochenov will start his presentation with a brief critical overview of the recent case-law of the Court of Justice, including Rottmann, Ruiz Zambrano, McCarthy and Dereçi. While these cases open new avenues of fundamental importance for the development of EU law, they also undermine legal certainty and send contradictory signals as to the essence of the EU citizenship status and the role it ought to play in the system of EU law. Most importantly, the Court’s reluctance to specify what is meant by the ‘essence of rights’ of EU citizenship has disastrous consequences since at the same time the Court gives these rights a crucial role in cross-border situations and within the material scope of EU law. EU citizenship and the rights associated therewith play a fundamental role in delimiting the scope ratione materiae of EU law. The substance and meaning of such rights are however left undefined. An urgent clarification is needed.


Dimitry Kochenov has a particular and long-standing research interest in EU citizenship law and legal principles. He holds a Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, which he joined in 2005 after having read law in Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary and France. Prof. Kochenov consulted the government of the Netherlands on the application of EU law in the overseas possessions of the Kingdom and has been a guest professor in a number of institutions worldwide, from Mexico to Japan, as well as an Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre of the NYU Law School. During the last years he published articles in Eur. L.J., Fordham Int'l L.J., Columbia J. Eur. L., Maastricht J., Boston College Int'l & Comp. L.Rev., Eur. L.Rev. and numerous others. His latest book is an edited volume on 'EU Law of the Overseas' (Kluwer Law International, 2011).

Venue and registration

Tuesday, 6 March 2012 , 13.15 – 14.15
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam, A 0.09

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