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EU Citizenship for Latvian 'Non-Citizens': A Concrete Proposal

Houston Journal of International Law, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2016, pp. 55-97

Jean Monnet Working Papers (NYU Law School) No. 14/13, 2013

45 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2013 Last revised: 6 Apr 2016

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Aleksejs Dimitrovs

European Parliament

Abstract

This contribution embraces a purely utilitarian view of European Union law in suggesting a viable way to enlarge the horizon of opportunities of the holders of the so called “non-citizen” status in the Republic of Latvia, which is reserved for some ethnic minorities in that country and does not amount to the possession of full Latvian citizenship. It is argued that the extension of EU citizenship to the holders of this status can be helpful in the context of an ethnically divided society. It is demonstrated that such an extension is legally feasible and is in line with the doctrine of continuity on which the statehood of the Latvian Republic rests, implying virtually no economic or political internal cost.

Keywords: Non-citizens, Latvia, EU citizenship, Russian minority, Ethnic minorities, EU law, discrimination, baltic states, nationalism, EU law, Latvian constitution, Latvian citizenship, state continuity, statelessness

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry and Dimitrovs, Aleksejs, EU Citizenship for Latvian 'Non-Citizens': A Concrete Proposal. Houston Journal of International Law, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2016, pp. 55-97; Jean Monnet Working Papers (NYU Law School) No. 14/13, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351181

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

Aleksejs Dimitrovs

European Parliament ( email )

Bât. Altiero Spinelli
60 rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
Brussels, B-1047
Belgium

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