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Past events

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.

HCNM-EUI conference on Minorities and Migrants: Citizenship Policies and Political Participation, 2-3 May 2013

On 2-3 May 2013, EUDO-CITIZENSHIP, in cooperation with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, organised a a 2 day conference on “Minorities and Migrants: Citizenship Policies and Political Participation”. 

These expert discussions, drawing largely on the experience of the EUDO CITIZENSHIP expert network and of the HCNM, explored trends, laws and policies concerning citizenship and political participation as well as the issue of dual citizenship. The implications of such policies for national minorities and migrants were examined in greater depth, as well as the effects on inter-State relations. Participants included experts from the EUDO CITIZENSHIP network, from academia, NGOs and international organisations, and from some of the countries where dual citizenship issues have recently been on the political and/or legislative agenda.

Download the full programme and the Powerpoint presentations of some of our speakers: 

'Citizenship configurations: The multiple purposes of citizenship regimes', by Maarten Vink

'Dual citizenship: A comparative overview and assessment of rules on acquisition and loss of citizenship that generate or block multiple nationality', by Rainer Bauböck and Iseult Honohan

'Electoral rights for non-resident citizens', by Derek Hutcheson

'Electoral rights for non-citizen residents', by Jean-Thomas Arrighi 

'Dual citizenship and political participation', by Joachim Blatter

'Impacts of citizenship policies on levels of political participation', by Tijana Prokić-Breuer 

'Kin states, national minorities and dual citizenship policies', by Vincent de Graaf

'The evolution of dual citizenship in the new states of South East Europe', by Jo Shaw

'Role in interstate relations of citizenship policies towards national minorities and migrants', by Francesco Palermo


ILEC kick-off meeting at CEPS, Brussels, 11 March 2013

European citizenship is the fundamental status of EU Member State nationals. What, then, are the implications when a state deprives a European citizen of his or her nationality? A new project funded by the European Commission’s DG Justice and coordinated by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in collaboration with Maastricht University, as core partner of the EUDO CITIZENSHIP Observatory, aims to investigate this under-researched field. The ILEC project (Involuntary Loss of European Citizenship: Exchanging Knowledge and Identifying Guidelines for Europe) will carry out a comparative study of the law and practices governing loss of nationality across the 27 member states plus Croatia. A key question it seeks to answer is what impact the development of European citizenship is having on national competences covering the acquisition and loss of nationality in light of increasing jurisprudence from the Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights. The project held its kick-off meeting on March 11th at CEPS, bringing together the ILEC project partners, including in addition to CEPS and Maastricht University, the European University Institute, the University of Liege, the Danish Institute of Human Rights, the University of Leon and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (Budapest). 

FRACIT conference at the European Parliament, 26 February 2013

EUDO CITIZENSHIP presented the findings of the FRACIT project at the European Parliament in Brussels on February 26, 2013. The conference on “Access to Electoral Rights: Citizenship, Residence and the Franchise in Local, Regional, National and European election” was organised and hosted by the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO). In May, the full Study will be published by the AFCO and posted on the EUDO-citizenship website. Between April and June, new databases on electoral laws, electoral rights of non-citizens and of non-residents, as well as a series of country reports on electoral franchise covering all EU Member States and Croatia will also be made available online.

Download the full programme and watch the video of the event on the AFCO website.

Download the presentations of our speakers in pdf:

External voting rights and participation of EU citizens residing in third countries in national and EP elections, by Derek Hutcheson (University College Dublin)

Practical and legal consequences of the absence of external representations of the EU and Member States for EU citizens residing in a third country, by Madalina Moraru (EUI)

Eligibility of EU citizens for high political and administrative mandates in EU member states, by Lamin Khadar (University of Edinburgh)

Electoral rights and participation of third country citizens in their EU country of residence, by Jean-Thomas Arrighi (EUI)

Electoral rights and participation of third country nationals in their country of origin, by Mike Collyer (University of Sussex)

Access to the franchise via national citizenship: naturalisation and ius soli in EU member states, by Rainer Bauböck (EUI)