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Citizenship in Abeyance: Draft Convention part I, titles II and VI; part II, title V; part III, title II

  • Dominique Rousseau

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In a text which claims constitutional rank the principle of citizenship, in all meanings of the term, is fundamental. If a treaty has as its first reference the State, a constitution naturally has as a reference also the citizen. Indeed in the European Constitution provisions abound referring to the citizen. In Part I they are to be found in Titles II and VI; in Part II there is the whole Title V and in Part III there is Title II. As citizenship is everywhere in the Draft, this would deserve it the rank of Constitution that it claims.

This first impression, however, is not supported by reading the different actual provisions in the Draft Constitution concerning citizenship. They fall short on three grounds.

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Citizenship in Abeyance: Draft Convention part I, titles II and VI; part II, title V; part III, title II

  • Dominique Rousseau

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