Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law
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Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law

Edited by Samo Bardutzky and Elaine Fahey

This timely book invites the reader to explore the lexicon of ‘subjects’ and ‘objects’ of EU law as a platform from which several dilemmas and omissions of EU law can be researched. It includes a number of case studies from different fields of law that deploy this lexicon, structuring the contributions around three principal elements of EU law: its transformations, crises, and external-internal dynamics.
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Chapter 8: Citizenship-for-sale schemes and EU law: can third-country nationals buy their way into becoming subjects of EU law?

Alina Tryfonidou

Abstract

This essay consists of a case study which seeks to consider whether persons who do not derive any rights from EU law and, thus, are merely ‘objects’ of EU law can buy their way into becoming subjects of EU law, by paying a hefty sum of money in exchange for Member State nationality and, by extension, Union citizenship. The essay will consider the general objections that have been voiced from time to time towards citizenship-for-sale schemes but will focus on assessing such schemes from the point of view of EU law. In particular, it will examine whether such schemes can be found to be in breach of EU law and what action can be taken by the EU in order to prevent the Member States from violating EU law by the application of such schemes. Keywords: EU citizenship, naturalisation, subjects, golden passport, equality

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