Secession within the Union
Intersection Points of International and European Law
As recent political developments show, secession of federated states, countries or regions of EU Member States is a real possibility. In the absence of formal rules in EU law on secession and membership, a legal appraisal needs to turn to public international law. The Expert Round Table aims to explore the legal questions of 'secession within the Union' and to address the intersection points of EU law and public international law.
Expert Round Table organized by ACELG and ACIL
On 18 September 2014, Scotland will hold its referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, and three weeks later Catalonia will have a referendum on its independence from Spain. Meanwhile, in the Belgian region of Flanders, a pro-independence movement is steadily growing. Political developments such as these remind one that secession of federated states, countries, or regions of EU Member States is a real possibility. Moreover, the Scottish, Catalan, and Flemish examples are unprecedented in the history of the EU, in that these potential new states seek independence, but do not seek withdrawal from the Union.
In the absence of formal rules in EU law on secession and membership, a legal appraisal directs us first of all to the framework of public international law – both when it comes to the actual secession, and when succession to international rights and obligations of the preceding State is at issue. Yet, can such rules (in as far as they themselves offer sufficient normative guidance) be expected to operate ‘normally’ within the context of the EU?
It would seem that secession within the Union raises a number of questions from both the public international law perspective and the EU law perspective. The Expert Round Table aims to explore these questions and in particular seeks to address the intersection points of EU law and public international law.
Speakers and discussants
- Paula García Andrade (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid)
- Paul Dermine (Catholic University of Leuven, Louvain-la-Neuve)
- Simone van den Driest (Leiden University)
- David Haljan (Catholic University Leuven)
- Pierre Schmitt (Catholic University Leuven)
- Annette Schrauwen (UvA - ACELG)
- Ingo Venzke (UvA - ACIL)
- Henri de Waele (Radboud University & University of Antwerp)
Kiki Brölmann (UvA - ACIL)
Thomas Vandamme (UvA - ACELG)
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