Secession within the Union Intersection Points of International and European Law

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2014-39

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance Research Paper No. 2014-06

Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2014-24

74 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2014 Last revised: 2 Sep 2016

See all articles by Catherine M. Brölmann

Catherine M. Brölmann

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Thomas Alexander Vandamme

University of Amsterdam

Paul Dermine

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

Simone van den Driest

Leiden University

Paula Garcia Andrade

Comillas Pontifical University

David P. Haljan

KU Leuven

Jan Sap

Free University of Amsterdam (VU)

Pierre Schmitt

KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Annette Schrauwen

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Henri de Waele

Radboud University Nijmegen; University of Antwerp; Centre for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn

Date Written: July 9, 2014

Abstract

With the referenda on possible Scottish and Catalan independence and the electoral successes of the Flemish pro-independence movement, secession of part of a EU Member State has become a real possibility that cannot be ignored any longer. The driving forces behind the referenda seek independence but they do not seek withdrawal from the Union. This is a scenario without precedent. An exploration of its legal and political aspects is therefore a timely matter. In this collection of think pieces a number of experts from both public international law and European Union law present their thoughts on key aspects of Secession within the Union.

Keywords: international law, European law, secession, succession, EU membership, independence, citizenship, treaty amendment, statehood

JEL Classification: K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Brolmann, C. M. and Vandamme, Thomas Alexander and Dermine, Paul and van den Driest, Simone and Garcia Andrade, Paula and Haljan, David P. and Sap, Jan and Schmitt, Pierre and Schrauwen, A. A. M. and de Waele, Henri, Secession within the Union Intersection Points of International and European Law (July 9, 2014). Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2014-39; Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance Research Paper No. 2014-06; Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2014-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2464058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2464058

C. M. Brolmann (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law ( email )

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Thomas Alexander Vandamme

University of Amsterdam ( email )

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Paul Dermine

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law ( email )

Maastricht
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Simone Van den Driest

Leiden University ( email )

Postbus 9500
Leiden, Zuid Holland 2300 RA
Netherlands

Paula Garcia Andrade

Comillas Pontifical University ( email )

Alberto Aguilera 23
Madrid, Madrid 28015
Spain

David P. Haljan

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Jan Sap

Free University of Amsterdam (VU) ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Pierre Schmitt

KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies ( email )

Van Evenstraat 2B
Charles Deberiotstraat 34
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

A. A. M. Schrauwen

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/a.a.m.schrauwen

Henri De Waele

Radboud University Nijmegen ( email )

Faculty of Law, P.O. 9049
Nijmegen, 6500 KK
Netherlands

University of Antwerp ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

Centre for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn ( email )

Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
Postfach 2220
D-53012 Bonn
Germany

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