Secession within the Union
Intersection Points of International and European Law
An expert meeting organised by ACIL and ACELG on possible Scottish or Catalan secession has resulted in a collection of short think pieces that identify and outline a number of outstanding issues of both public international law and EU law.
With the referenda on possible Scottish and Catalan independence and the electoral successes of the Flemish pro-independence movement, secession of part of a EU Member State has become a real possibility that cannot be ignored any longer. The driving forces behind the referenda seek independence but they do not seek withdrawal from the Union. This is a scenario without precedent. An exploration of its legal and political aspects is therefore a timely matter. The Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) has invited a number of experts from the disciplines of both public international law and European Union law to present their thoughts on key aspects of Secession within the Union.
Individual thinkpieces can be downloaded here: