European Citizenship at the Crossroads

This book examines the changing role played by the European Union and international standards on loss and acquisition of nationality. It provides a comparative analysis of EU Member States regulations, administrative practices, court rulings and statistical data on questions related to loss of nationality and European citizenship. It assesses the multifaceted repercussions of the supranational venues of judicial and legal accountability over states autonomy and competences at times of deciding who is and who is not a citizen. The following questions are examined: to what the extent do EU Member States still hold the exclusive competence over domestic decisions in nationality matters? How do international and European legal principles and standards, as well as case-law by European courts progressively affect their margin of manoeuvre at times of deciding who is and who is not a ‘citizen’? What are the repercussions of their obligations in safeguarding citizenship of the Union? List of contents Preface 
   Gerard-René de Groot and Sergio Carrera Nuñez
About the Authors 
List of Tables and Figures 

Chapter 1 
Introduction: European Citizenship at a Crossroads
   Sergio Carrera Nuñez and Gerard-René de Groot
Chapter 2 
Survey on Rules on Loss of Nationality in International
Treaties and Case Law
   Gerard-René de Groot
Chapter 3 
A Comparative Analysis of Regulations on Involuntary
Loss of Nationality in the European Union
   Gerard-René de Groot and Maarten Peter Vink
Chapter 4
Reflections on Quasi-Loss of Nationality from
Comparative, International and European Perspectives
   Gerard-René de Groot and Patrick Wautelet
Chapter 5 
Mapping Statistics on Loss of Nationality in the EU:
A New Online Database
Chapter 6
Loss of Nationality in the Nordic Countries 185
   Eva Ersbøll
Chapter 7 
Deprivation of Citizenship:
The Latvian Example and EU Perspective
   Kristine Kruma
Chapter 8 
Is it Possible to Lose the Hungarian Nationality?
   Judit Tóth
Chapter 9 
Iberian Nationality Legislation and Sephardic Jews:
‘With due regard to European law’?
   Hans Ulrich Jessurun d’Oliveira
Chapter 10 
Attribution of Spanish Nationality to Children Born in Spain with the
Purpose of Avoiding Situations of Statelessness at Birth.
   Aurelia Álvarez Rodríguez and Guayasén
   Marrero González
Chapter 11 
How Much Does EU Citizenship Cost? The Maltese Citizenship-for-Sale
Affair: A Breakthrough for Sincere Cooperation in Citizenship of the Union?
   Sergio Carrera Nuñez PART III
A collection of judgements, pending cases and caselaw notes 1. AUSTRIA
Gerard-René de Groot
1.1. CASE 1: An Austrian husband of Macedonian origin 
1.1.1. Text of the judgement 
1.1.2. Case Note 
1.2. CASE 2: An Austrian wife of Nigerian origin 
1.2.1. Text of the judgement 
1.2.2. Case Note 
1.3. CASE 3: An Austrian husband of Turkish origin 
1.3.1. Text of the judgement 
1.3.2. Case Note  2. BELGIUM
   Patrick Wautelet
2.1. CASE 4: Two Belgian children born in China 
2.1.1. Text of the judgement 
2.1.2. Case Note  3. CYPRUS
   Nicoletta Charalambidou
3.1. CASE 5 
3.1.1. Text of the judgement 
3.1.2. Case Note  4. DENMARK
   Eva Ersbøll
4.1.1. Case description  5. GERMANY
   Gerard-René de Groot
5.1. CASE 6: The fate of Janko Rottmann 
5.1.1. Text of the judgement 
5.1.2. Case Note 
5.2. CASE 7: A German with Turkish roots 
5.2.1. Text of the judgement 
5.2.2. Case Note  6. LATVIA
   Kristine Kruma
6.1. CASE 8: A Latvian with a Russian background 
6.1.1. Text of the judgement: Court of First Instance 
6.1.2. Text of the judgement: Latvian Supreme Court 
6.1.3. Case Note  7. MALTA
   Daniela DeBono
7.1. CASE 9 
7.1.1. Text of the judgements: First Hall of the Constitutional Court 
7.1.2. Text of the judgements: Court of Appeals of the Constitutional Court 
7.1.3. Case Note  8. THE NETHERLANDS
   Ngo Chun Luk
8.1. Combined Case Note 
8.2. CASE 10: Parental error 
8.3. CASE 11: Syrian, not Iraqi 
8.4. CASE 12: Unintentional fraud 
8.5. CASE 13: Fictitious parentage 
8.6. CASE 14: Bigamous Egyptian 
8.7. CASE 15: Hidden criminal antecedents 
8.8. CASE 16: Identity fraud in Limburg 
8.9. Final Remarks 
8.10. Text of Judgments  9. THE NETHERLANDS
   Gerard-René de Groot
9.1. PENDING CASE 2: Dutch twins? 
9.1.1. Case description  10. SPAIN
   Guayasén Marrero González
10.1. CASE 17: Temporary residence permit on the grounds of exceptional circumstances (social         integration)
10.1.1. Text of the judgement 
10.1.2. Case Note  11. UNITED KINGDOM
11.1. PENDING CASE 3: A British Vietnamese involved in terrorism? 
11.1.1. Appeal: Court of Appeal of England and Wales 
11.1.2. Final appeal: Supreme Court – case description  12. EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
   Gerard-René de Groot
12.1. PENDING CASE 4: A Maltese husband of Egyptian origin 
12.1.1. Case description 

Guidelines Involuntary Loss of European Citizenship (ILEC Guidelines 2015) 
Gerard-René de Groot, Maarten Peter Vink and Patrick Wautelet REFERENCES AND SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Forthcoming Publications


Civis europaeus sum?
Guayasén Marrero González

Civis europaeus sum? Am I a citizen of the Union? This question, which is the cornerstone of this thesis, is also the question that people affected by an eventual State succession within an EU Member State need an answer to. The link between the nationality of an EU Member State and citizenship of the Union is, as it stands now, unbreakable. One cannot claim the enjoyment of the latter without holding the nationality of an EU Member State. Thus, those who, due to the operation of the State succession and the rules enacted in that context regarding nationality, lose the nationality of the predecessor-EU Member State cannot invoke “civis europaeus sum”. From the outset, individuals who lose the nationality of an EU Member State would lose EU citizenship and the rights attached to it. However, whilst EU citizenship is still not autonomous from Member State nationality, certain rights associated to the residence in both the potential newly independent States and the EU Member States can be frozen as an interim solution until such times as the former has completed the EU accession process.


For Justice and Mercy
Ryan van Eijk, Gerard Loman, Theo W.A. de Wit (Eds.)

Publications on an international level and addressing prison chaplaincy from different (continental and disciplinary) angles are rare. Most publications regarding prison chaplaincy are monographies by theologians or prison chaplains, or books from (ex-)inmates witnessing their personal conversion.   For Justice and Mercy offers international texts on the positioning of prison chaplaincy and examples from the praxis, as well as from several contexts and concepts. However, the focus is not exclusively on global perspectives. But the publication is certainly international for its contributors are academics or experienced prison chaplains from all continents who are offering their research and reflections from different scientific disciplines on aspects which are of interest for prison chaplaincy in general. Most articles are written from the catholic point of view. The reason is that the initiative for this publication was taken by the executive board of the International Commission of Catholic Pastoral Care (ICCPPC) to pay extra attention to its 65 years existence, and to the Year of Mercy.


Verzamelde gedichten
Anton Gerits

Anton Gerits (‘s Gravenhage 1930) debuteerde als dichter in 1957 met de bundel Grondbezit bij A.A.M. Stols.   Dit boek bevat gedichten geschreven in de periode 1947 – 2015. J. Greshoff schreef naar aanleiding van zijn debuut aan Lou Boucher, vermaard letterkundige boekhandelaar en uitgever: ‘Eindelijk weer eens een eigen geluid’.   Adriaan Morriën oordeelde in Het Parool: ‘Poëzie die een zeer Hollandse indruk maakt en zich zomin aan modieuze experimenten als van een opgeschroefde hemelbestroming vertelt.’   Lucette Oostenbroek oordeelde over de bundel Alleen wanneer ik kijk: ‘Het is een verademing weer eens een bundel met echte haiku te mogen lezen. De auteur heeft in heel wat verzen dat gewichtloze stadium bereikt waarin subject en object opgeheven zijn om te versmelten tot één ervaring.’   D. Prinsen schreef in Wetenschap, Cultuur en Samenleving, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam over de bundel Landschapsbeheer: ‘Zelden is de breuk tussen mens en natuur treffender en beknopter geformuleerd.’   T. van Deel oordeelde: ‘Dit is echte poëzie, echt ook in de zin dat het hier gaat om de grote dingen van het leven, waar we vandaan komen, waar we zijn en waar we heengaan. Poëzie ook die dit raadsel durft te vergroten en die op een onmodieuze manier beschouwelijk durft te zijn.’   Jan Niesen oordeelde in Schoonschip 93 over Asielbeleid: ‘Hoe moeizaam de hermetische bolster van de poëzie van Anton Gerits ook geopend kanworden, het loont meer dan de moeite door te dringen in de poëtische pracht van een geabstraheerd landschap, een omwereld door de dichter dermate fijnzinnig gezeefd dat alleen wezenlijke, fundamentele zaken het licht zien en details vervagen. In zijn genre en met zijn benadering een uniek dichter.’

Recent Publications


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Governments, companies, and citizens all think trust is important. Especially today, in the networked era, where we make use of all sorts of e-services and increasingly interact and buy online, trust has become a necessary condition for society to thrive. But what do we mean when we talk about trust and how does the rise of the Internet transform the functioning of trust? This books starts off with a thorough conceptual analysis of trust, drawing on insights from -amongst othersphilosophy and sociology to sharpen our understanding of the topic. The book explains how the arrival of large systems – such as the internet- has changed the character of trust which today is no longer based on interpersonal interactions but has become completely mediated by technologies. Based on the layered building plan of the Internet itself, a new conceptual lens called 4 Cs is developed to analyse and understand trust in the networked era. The 4Cs refer to the 4 layers which all have to be taken into account to assess trust online, namely: context,code, codification, and curation. The 4cs bring together the firsthand experiences of the user (context), the sort of technology that is being used (code), the legal implication (codification) and business interests (curation) in order to get a clear picture of the trust issues that may arise. In the final part of the book some real-life cases are discussed (digital hotel keys, Airbnb, online personalization) to illustrate how trust –analysed through the 4 Cs lens- might flourish or be challenged in our current networked era.


De rechter onder vuur
Rolf Ortlep, Frank Groothuijse, Jeroen Kiewiet, Remco Nehmelman (red.)

Dit jaar bestaat het Instituut Staats- en Bestuursrecht en Rechtstheorie 55 jaar. Ter viering van onder meer dit elfde lustrum is een jubileumbundel samengesteld. Wanneer in de literatuur of in de media gesproken wordt over de rechter, dan is het vaak in de trant van dat hij te activistisch of te defensief heeft opgetreden. In die zin ligt de rechter veelvuldig onder vuur. De rechter vervult binnen de rechtsstaat een zekere dubbelrol: enerzijds is hij de bewaker van de rechten en vrijheden van het individu jegens de wetgevende (en uitvoerende) macht, anderzijds is hij de bediener van deze macht wanneer verplichtingen afgedwongen moeten worden of van rechten en vrijheden misbruik wordt gemaakt. De bijdragen in deze jubileumbundel geven een brede inkijk in de ontwikkelingen rondom het functioneren van de rechter in ons staatsbestel en op welke wijze kan worden verzekerd dat dat functioneren toekomstbestendig is.


Bert-Jaap Koops, Charlotte Conings, Frank Verbruggen

Op het vlak van strafvorderlijk onderzoek in computers is veel in beweging. Het ICT-landschap is ingrijpend aan het veranderen, met mobiele computers en smartphones, en de cloud als opslagplaats van computergegevens. In Nederland is er het wetsvoorstel Computercriminaliteit III en de modernisering van het Wetboek van Strafvordering. In België is een wetsontwerp aangekondigd om enkele IT-zoekingen concreter vorm te geven en van enkele ‘zware’ procedures een ‘lichtere versie’ te scheppen voor een Internetcontext. Er is eveneens een initiatief voor een nieuw Wetboek van Strafvordering dat geschikt zal moeten zijn voor de digitale, gemondialiseerde informatiemaatschappij.

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