Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

The limits of European Union citizenship.

Lyons, Carole



Zenon Bankowski

Andrew Scott


This chapter analyses the establishment and implications of European Union citizenship. It suggests that the definitions and parameters of citizenship as per the Treaty are both bold and vague, and that there is great potential for these to be further explored by the judiciary. The chapter also proposes several elements for reflection, in particular: the historical origins of European citizenship - most significantly the development of the concept of citizenship during the French Revolution; potential parallels or insights with decisions regarding Aboriginal property and fiduciary duty in Australia; and consideration of the implications of European citizenship at the conceptual borders of the Union, exemplified through the case of the Amerindians of French Guyana.


LYONS, C. 2000. The limits of European Union citizenship. In Bankowski, Z. and Scott, A. (eds.) The European Union and its order: the legal theory of European integration. Oxford: Blackwell, chapter 8, pages 149-167.

Publication Date Aug 31, 2000
Deposit Date Feb 23, 2023
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2023
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Pages 149-167
Book Title The European Union and its order: the legal theory of European integration
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 9780631215042 ; 0631215042
Keywords Citizenship; European Union
Public URL
Additional Information The print copy of this work is currently available for purchase on the Wiley website:


LYONS 2000 The limits of European Union citizenship (AAM) (271 Kb)

Copyright Statement
© The Editors. All rights reserved.

You might also like

Downloadable Citations