While the European integration project is facing new challenges, abandonments and criticism, it is often forgotten that there are powerful legal instruments that allow citizens to protect and extend their rights. These instruments and the actions taken to activate them are often overlooked and deliberately ignored in the mainstream debates.
This book presents a selection of cases in which legal institutions, social movements, avant-gardes and minorities have tried, and often succeeded, to enhance the current state of human rights through traditional as well as innovative actions. The chapters of this book investigate some of the cases in which the gap between the conventionally recognized rights and those advocated is becoming wider and where traditionally disadvantaged groups raise new problems or new issues are emerging concerning individual freedom, transparency and accountability, which are not yet properly addressed in the current political and legal landscape. Can political institutions and courts without coercive power of last resort actually foster more progressive rights? This book suggests that the expansion of human rights might be a viable strategy to generate a proper European citizenship.
This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Studies, Politics and International Relations, Law and Society, Sociology and Migration Studies and more broadly to NGOs and policy advisers.
In search of European Citizenship
1. Introduction: Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe [Ali Emre Benli and Daniele Archibugi]
2. European Citizenship in Times of Crisis: What is Left? [Teresa Pullano]
PART I. The Refugees Challenge to European Citizenship
3. Addressing the Refugee Crisis by European Citizenship [Marco Cellini]
4. Refugees Traversing Borders: Disobedience as an Act of European Citizenship [Ali Emre Benli]
5. European Asylum Policy and Sexual Orientation [Ilaria Ricci]
PART II. European Citizens at the Fringe
6. Prisoner Voting Rights on a European Perspective: The Cases of McHugh & Others v. The United Kingdom and Thierry Delvigne v. Commune de Lesparre Médoc [Viola Scordia]
7. Who Votes and Who Can be Voted in the European Parliament Elections? [Ilaria Ricci]
8. Estonia’s Non-Citizens, Citizens of the European Union? [Gigi Mihaita]
9. Sterilisation without Informed Consent: How to Improve European Citizens’ Medical Agency [Olga Lenczewska]
10. Parallel Claims for the Human Right to Water: The Case of Roma in Slovenia [Marek Szilvasi]
PART III. Emerging Issues and Political Subjects
11. The "Right to be Forgotten": Asserting Control over our Digital Identity or Re-writing History? [Alice Pease]
12. A Right to Protection for Whistleblowers [Daniele Santoro and Manohar Kumar]
13. The Right to Become Visible: A Case for Aesthetic Activism on the EU Level [Daniel Tkatch]
14. Claiming Rights to Rejuvenate European Integration [Daniele Archibugi and Ali Emre Benli]