Citizenship and Obligation

THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EUROPEAN UNION LAW, Julie Dickson & Pavlos Eleftheriadis, eds., Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 45/2011

38 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2011  

Pavlos Eleftheriadis

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 2011

Abstract

Many political philosophers believe that we owe moral obligations to our political communities simply because we are asked. We are, for example to pay taxes, or serve in the army whenever we are demanded to do so by the competent authorities or agencies. Can such moral obligations be created by European Union institutions? This essay discusses the natural duty of justice to support just or nearly just political institutions as defended by John Rawls and Jeremy Waldron. It suggests that European Union institutions can be seen to create similar obligations, only if we adopt a cosmopolitan theory of political legitimacy for both domestic and international institutions. A key distinction proposed is that between a duty of jurisdiction, owed by everyone to every legitimate state, and a duty of civility, owed by citizens to their own states.

Suggested Citation

Eleftheriadis, Pavlos, Citizenship and Obligation (September 2011). THE PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EUROPEAN UNION LAW, Julie Dickson & Pavlos Eleftheriadis, eds., Oxford University Press, Forthcoming; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 45/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1928834

Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Contact Author)

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