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Past events

GLOBALCIT at the State of the Union, 4-5 May 2017

The GLOBALCIT team took part at the State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI). The State of the Union is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union (EU), and this year’s event revolved around the theme of European Citizenship, a multi-faceted topic of acute relevance across all EU member states.

Details here.

Non-universal franchise? Eligibility and access to voting rights in transnational contexts, European University Institute, Florence (Italy), 3 April 2017

It is a standard view in democratic theory that the removal of class, gender, racist and religious barriers results in universal franchise as a core normative principle of consolidated democracies. However, the universal nature of the franchise is never settled for good and remains a contested feature both in practical and theoretical terms. 

One-day conference on these topics was hosted by the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT) held on the premises of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence on Monday, 3 April 2017.

Details of the event.

The Citizen: Movie Screening and Q&A with the film director and the lead actress, 28th March 2017

This special event is dedicated to the topic of citizenship with the projection of the movie The Citizen (Az állampolgár). 


Wilson, an African man in his late fifties, has been living as a refugee in Hungary for years. He works as a security guard in Budapest and his main desire is to acquire Hungarian citizenship, but he keeps failing the exams that are required for his application. The movie cuts across topics such as migration, citizenship, and race, all increasingly salient in the globalised world. 

Details of the event.


EUDO Citizenship Dialogue with Patti Lenard: The (re)turn to Conditional Citizenship, 14 June 2016

In the second EUDO CITIZENSHIP Dialogue, which took place on 14 June at the European University Institute, Prof. Patti Lenard explored what kind of right the right to citizenship is, in light of the recent spate of adopted and reinvigorated denationalization laws. She began with an outline of the major normative questions raised by these laws. She then observed the relative absence of the right to citizenship from political theoretic discussions of human rights. I argue that the right to citizenship is part human right, i.e., a subject of international law or global justice, and part basic right, i.e., a subject of domestic or social justice. Discussants at this event were Prof. Peter J Spiro and Rutger Birnie.

See details of the event here.

The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship Authors’ Conference, 2-4 June 2016

The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship Authors’ Conference, held on 2-4 June 2016 at the European University Institute was organised by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and the European University Institute. The conference convenors included Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad, Ayelet Shachar and Maarten Vink. It gathered key citizenship scholars, who discussed their contributions to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Citizenship.

Download the full conference programme.

EUDO CITIZENSHIP Dialogue with Peter Spiro: The Equality Puzzles of Plural Citizenship, 11 May 2016

In 2016, EUDO CITIZENSHIP launched a new series of events - EUDO CITIZENSHIP Dialogues, discussions of key issues in the discipline with renowned citizenship scholars. The first EUDO CITIZENSHIP Dialogue took place on 11 May 2016. Prof. Peter J. Spiro presented his work on ‘The Equality Puzzles of Plural Citizenship’, exploring questions of equality in contemporary societies. The discussant of his talk was Prof. Bruno De Witte from the European University Institute.

See details of the event here.

2015 EUDO Dissemination Conference: Spreading Citizenship: Regional Dynamics of Norm Diffusion in Europe and the Americas, 26-27 November 2015

On 26-27 November 2015, the 2015 EUDO Dissemination Conference: Spreading Citizenship: Regional Dynamics of Norm Diffusion in Europe and the Americas, took place at the European University Institute.

Organised by the EUDO Observatory on Citizenship, which has recently expanded its geographical scope to North and South America, this year's EUDO conference compared access to citizenship and the franchise in Europe and the Americas. The conference offered an opportunity to discuss regional and global processes of norm diffusion taking into account the role of domestic, transnational and international factors in citizenship and electoral reforms. The Conference brought together high-level academics and experts in order to stimulate interdisciplinary and intercontinental dialogue, to foster the exchange of research ideas and good practices with regard to citizenship and the franchise in Europe and the Americas.

Download the full programme of the 2015 EUDO Dissemination Conference.

The Final ILEC conference ‘EU citizenship at the crossroads: Enhancing European cooperation in nationality and fundamental rights’, 11-12 December 2014

The Final ILEC conference ‘EU citizenship at the crossroads: Enhancing European cooperation in nationality and fundamental rights’, took place in Brussels, 11-12 December 2014. 

The key objective of the conference was to examine the extent to which Member States can provide for grounds of acquisition of loss and nationality without being under the spectrum of EU law. Contributors explored whether national rules and procedures applicable to loss and acquisition across the EU are consistent with European and international legal standards and highlighted challenges in Member State practices relating to the withdrawal of citizenship from their nationals (in cases of both loss and quasi-loss of citizenship). The conference concluded with a discussion on how to enhance European cooperation in nationality matters in order to strengthen fundamental rights.

The Final Conference drew upon the final research results emerging from the ILEC project and discussed them together with policymakers, legal practitioners, academics and civil society. Central to this conference were the ILEC policy recommendations and guidelines which will be assessed for their viability and relevance in enhancing the role of the European Union and fundamental rights in nationality matters.

Download the full programme and Consult the ILEC guidelines on Involuntary Loss of European Citizenship (2015).

Consult our ILEC project page for more information and full text of project publications.