Can it be argued that there exists a concept of Nordic citizenship, founded on inter-Nordic cooperation and its relationship with EU law and EEA law? The newly published antology, Free Movement of Persons in the Nordic States - EU Law, EEA Law, and Regional Cooperation, looks into a possible Nordic Citizenship (Hart Publishing). The editors present the anthology and discusses the outcome of the contributions.
Researchers from all five Nordic States (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) explore the tensions, gaps, and overlaps arising from the interplay of EU citizenship, EEA law, and the Nordic initiatives that aim to facilitate cross-border mobility of persons in the region. The analysis takes a dual approach. Firstly, it tracks the legal development of nationality law in Nordic states. Secondly, it sets out the rights of residence and access to social rights that follow from the three different regimes. It asks if the Nordic States, through their regional cooperation, are 'going beyond' EU free movement law, making naturalisation to a citizenship in a Nordic state particularly attractive. The anthology gives a new perspective on EU citizenship and free movement law.
Katarina Hyltén-Cavallius is Assistant Professor of Law at Linnaeus University
Jaan Paju is Associate Professor of European Law, and lecturer in Constitutional Law at Stockholm University
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