In talk, based on a volume I edited for Cambridge this year, I will examine the under-utilised potential of EU citizenship, proposing and defending its position as a systemic element of EU law endowed with foundational importance. My intention is to scrutinise the internal dynamics in the triad of EU citizenship, citizenship rights and the resulting vertical delimitation of powers in Europe, analysing the far-reaching constitutional implications. Linking the constitutional question of federalism and citizenship, I propose an innovative new framework where these rights become agents and rationales of European integration and legal change, located beyond the context of the internal market and free movement. I will map the role of citizenship in this shifting landscape, outlining key options for a Europe of the future.
Dimitry Kochenov is Professor of EU Constitutional Law at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. He has held fellowships and visiting professorships worldwide, including at Princeton University, New Jersey (Crane Fellowship in Law and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School), New York University Law School (Émile Noël Fellowship), Europainstitut Basel, Osaka Graduate School of Law, and as Visiting Chair in Private Law at the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy. He has advised international institutions and governments and has published widely in the areas of EU constitutional law and citizenship. Dimitry is currently working on a monograph on Citizenship for MIT Press. His latest edited volumes include «EU Citizenship and Federalism» (Cambridge, 2017), «The Enforcement of EU Law and Values» (with A. Jakab, Oxford, 2017), «Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the EU» (with C. Closa, Cambridge, 2016), «Europe’s Justice Deficit?» (with G. de Búrca and A. Williams, Bloomsbury, 2015).