Regional Citizenships and EU Law

European Law Review, Vol. 35, pp. 307-324, 2010

18 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2010

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Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 12, 2010


This article analyses the phenomenon of regional citizenships in the Member States of the European Union by focusing on the citizenships of the Member State territories lying (at least partially) outside the territorial scope of the acquis. It has been demonstrated that the influence of such legal status on the rights of individuals is more significant compared with citizenships of the regions lying entirely within the territorial scope of EU law. Two examples of regional citizenships are considered: the citizenship of the Ă…land Islands and that of New Caledonia. It is submitted that the rules on access to regional citizenships cannot discriminate on the basis of nationality, which is currently the case in both regions analysed. The analysis of regional citizenships enables the viewing of EU citizenship from a new, intriguing angle.

Keywords: EU Law, Citizenship, EU Citizenship, Nationality, OCT, Overseas, France, Free Movement, Non-Discrimination, Aland, New Caledonia, Regionalism

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry, Regional Citizenships and EU Law (August 12, 2010). European Law Review, Vol. 35, pp. 307-324, 2010. Available at SSRN:

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK

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