We don’t think much about it, but most of us have one: A citizenship. We are being born as Indian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Chinese, or some other nationality. But why do we have citizenships and what rights do they bring with them?
Our first guest in 2018 is Dimitry Kochenov. Dimitry holds a professorship in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen and recently published his new book “EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights” (Cambridge, 2017). He also consults national governments and acts as an expert for leading law firms. His biggest project, made possible through support by Henley & Partners, is the Quality of Nationality Index.
This episode is mostly standing on its own. If you haven’t listened to our other episodes yet, consider listening to our first: What is Law. We might refer to certain concepts of European Union law which we haven’t yet covered in this podcast. But don’t worry: You will understand the content anyways.
Dimitry and I talk about
what it means to be a citizen,
why citizenships exist and how to gain them,
what rights you get by holding one,
how racism and sexism play a role in nationality law,
why the European Union created its own,
bus travel and how it connects to everything,
what Dimitry and his fellow scholars think should happen to improve citizenship law in the EU but also in national systems, and
European lawyers tend to have a hard time with United States Law at first. Too different are “both” systems, it seems. But is the Anglo-American legal order really that different?
The fifth main episode of Maastricht Law Talk leaves the European continent for a while: It covers the United States legal system. From a federal judge being able to block the president’s executive orders to the harmonisation process of law.
Larry Catá Backer is Professor of Law and International Affairs at Penn State University. He is an expert on corporate, enterprise, and constitutional law and is currently working on his new book on an “Introduction to U.S. Law”. You can find his work and latest research on his website Backer in Law or on his blog Law at the End of the Day.
There are 196 countries in the world, which equals at least 196 constitution-like instruments. But what is meant by “constitution”? Must it be written, or does custom suffice?
Episode 3 of Maastricht Law Talk is all about state organisation. Some countries have presidents, some a Prime Minister, and some even both. What is the difference between sovereignty based on the Crown or e.g. based on a nation itself?
Aalt Willem Heringa is Full Professor of (Comparative) Constitutional and Administrative Law at Maastricht University and the head of its public law department as well as the Montesquieu Institute. He has worked with the Harvard Law School and University of Edinburgh on several occasions. His PhD on “Sociale Grondrechten”, which would nowadays translate into economical constitutional rights, was defended in Leiden where he studied Dutch law. In 2013 he also published a book co-authored with Hetty Geursen “China in blogs en tekeningen” (China in blogs and drawings). As promised in the episode, you can find it here.
Aalt Willem and I talk about
monarchies in the European Union and what is left thereof,
why we need constitutions,
the concept of sovereignty,
democracies and autocracies,
the difference between a federation and a unitary state,
Punishing people for breaking the law seems self-evident to most. But why do we punish? Why is the state allowed to inflict harm on others?
This month’s episode of Maastricht Law Talk deals with the theories and philosophies behind criminal law. It features everything from the emergence of criminal law through tribal law, to the development of common modern ideas during the Enlightenment, and the current state of criminal law and criminal procedure as influenced by recent events creating new policing policies.
Jeroen ten Voorde is Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Leiden University and Professor of Philosophy of Criminal Law at the University College Groningen. He is also a judge substitute at the North-Holland court and an advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Justice on honour-related crimes.