Union Citizenship: Between Transnational and Supranational

36 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2014

Date Written: June 19, 2014


This paper is a draft chapter of a PhD thesis analysing the relationship between EU citizenship and criminal law. It provides both an introduction to Union citizenship, describing its history and some of the main legal developments in the area, and presents an explanatory model of Union citizenship through an assessment of its transnational and supranational elements. The paper firstly provides a brief history of the development of Union citizenship. The main part of the paper then presents the caselaw and legislation of Union citizenship as reflecting a status that is at the same time both transnational and supranational. The dominant transnational dimension consists of two elements, autonomy and social integration. The recently established supranational dimension is however less developed and awaits further substantiation.

Keywords: EU Citizenship

Suggested Citation

Coutts, Stephen, Union Citizenship: Between Transnational and Supranational (June 19, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456587 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2456587

Stephen Coutts (Contact Author)

European University Institute ( email )

Via Bolognese 156 (Villa Salviati)
50-139 Firenze

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