The United Nations comprises 193 states, all of which have legal relations with each other. But how are these relationships governed? International law is there to help: It organises, furthers, and reforms these relationships. Who defines what a state is and why is Palestine, among others, not always recognised as one?
This 9th episode of Maastricht Law Talk features Marcel Brus. He is a professor of Public International Law at the University of Groningen. He not only coordinates several study programmes (two LLMs and one LLB), but also chairs the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies in Groningen. Additionally, he holds the position of Director of Studies at the prestigious International Law Association (Click here.)
As always: If you haven’t listened to our first episode yet, you should consider doing so first: What is Law. It definitely helps understanding certain terms and concepts.
Marcel and I discuss
the historical development of international law,
how it can be enforced,
what the requirements of statehood are,
why we should talk about participants and not of subjects,
the position of the ICJ and other international courts/tribunals,
what sources international law has,
how humanitarian interventions work,
the power of the UN’s General Assembly and Security Council, as well as
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