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New AEL publication on the free movement of persons in EU law

The EUI's Academy of European Law (AEL) published a new volume in its Collected Courses series entitled, 'Revisiting the Fundamentals of the Free Movement of Persons in EU Law.'

12 September 2023 | Publication - Research


The Academy of European Law (AEL) presents the latest volume in its Collected Courses series: Revisiting the Fundamentals of the Free Movement of Persons in EU Law (Oxford University Press).

The book is based on the specialised courses held during the 2020 summer course on 'The Law of the European Union'. 

This collection of essays, curated by EUI Law Professors Claire Kilpatrick and Joanne Scott, and edited by Professor Niamh Nic Shuibne, addresses the questions of how 'free' the free movement of people is and why the law needs to be 'revisited'.

In reconsidering the fundamentals of EU free movement law, the book draws attention to tensions that have not yet been properly resolved: between appropriate difference and problematic discrimination, or between the mythology and the experienced reality of free movement for the people who actually move.

The authors cover various aspects of the free movement of persons and EU migration law, including social security, Brexit, Union citizenship, and posted workers. In light of the changes faced by the EU in these domains, the analysis reflects the fragility of freedom of movement within the EU and the need to reconsider the core principles in order to make them more protective of people and more resilient from an ethical, systemic, and sociological point of view.

Last update: 12 September 2023

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