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 project has developed 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 project suggests that the expansion of human rights might be a viable strategy to generate a proper European citizenship.
Daniele Archibugi, Ali Emre Benli, Alice Pease, Marco Cellini, Viola Scordia, Daniel Tkatch, Ilaria Ricci, Olga Lenczewska.
Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe. Emerging Challenges and Political Agents, Edited by Daniele Archibugi and Ali Emre Benli
Table of Contents:
- ‘Claiming Rights in Europe: A European Citizenship in Practice’, Daniele Archibugi and Ali Emre Benli
- ‘The political space of European Citizenship’, Teresa Pullano
- ‘Addressing the refugee crisis by European citizenship’, Marco Cellini
- ‘Refugees traversing borders: An act of civil disobedience’, Ali Emre Benli
- ‘European asylum policy and sexual orientation’, Ilaria Ricci
- ‘Prisoner voting rights on a European perspective’, Viola Scordia
- ‘Who votes and who can be voted in the European parliament elections?’ , Ilaria Ricci
- ‘Estonia’s non-citizens, citizens of the European Union?’, Gigi Mihaita
- ‘Sterilisation of Roma woman without informed consent’, Olga Lenczewska
- ‘The right to water for Roma people’, Marek Szilvasi
- ‘The “right to be forgotten”: Asserting control over our digital identity or re-writing history?’, Alice Pease
- ‘Should Europe protect whistleblowers?’, Daniele Santoro and Manohar Kumar
- ‘The right to become visible: A case for aesthetic activism on the EU level’, Daniel Tkatch
- ‘Is a rights-based Europe possible? A political project’, Daniele Archibugi and Ali Emre Benli