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Partnership Rights, Free Movement, and EU Law

By: Helen Toner
Media of Partnership Rights, Free Movement, and EU Law
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Published: 21-12-2004
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 312
ISBN: 9781841134772
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Modern Studies in European Law
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £75.00
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Loren Epson

About Partnership Rights, Free Movement, and EU Law

This book considers the case for modernising partnership rights in EC family reunification law. Existing Community law traditionally guarantees immigration rights only to spouses and yet there is a growing diversity of national laws on same-sex marriage, registered partnerships and recognition of cohabitation. The Community institutions which have recently framed new legislation seem to view this as a question that can be settled by political agreement with little or no outside constraint. The book challenges this assumption. The book outlines recent developments in national legal systems and traces the development of the recent Community legislation. Then, drawing on basic ECHR principles, the place of the ECHR in Community law, and on basic Community law principles of free movement and discrimination the book argues that the right of a migrant EU Citizen to family reunification for a cohabiting partner is presumptively protected and therefore justification for refusing to admit such partners must be provided. It also considers the possible justifications for marriage-partners only immigration policies and concludes that although possible, such justifications are far from certain to succeed. The discussion also tackles the question of whether judicial activism is appropriate or whether there should be judicial deference to the legislative process recently completed. The book concludes with a wider discussion of the proper response of Community law to the increasing diversity of Member States family laws and policies beyond the field of immigration rights. The book will be of value not only to immigration lawyers, but also to those interested in partnership rights generally, as well as to a wider audience of EU lawyers, primarily academics but also graduate students and practitioners.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Diversity in National Law
Chapter 2: Legislative Reform in EC Law
Chapter 3: The ECHR Perspective
Chapter 4: The ECHR in Community Law
Chapter 5: Community Law Principles of Discrimination 1
Chapter 6: A Non-discriminatory Obstacle?
Chapter 7: Justifications for Married Partners Only Immigration Policies
Chapter 8: Conclusions


“The book is well written, well thought through and reflects the clear legal mind of its author…Helen Toner has made a strong case for extending migration rights to same-sex spouses and unmarried partners of Union citizens moving from one Member State to another…Her book is mandatory literature for anyone interested in following or participating in this debate.” –  Anne Peter van der Mei, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Vol 14, No 1

“The author makes a strong argument (with all of the necessary scientific rigor) for fine-tuning to take account of changes in society.” –  Agence Europe, European Library

“ is a thoughtful and clear statement of the law as currently understood as well as a careful analysis of how the law ought to be drafted and applied. It is essential reading for immigration practitioners and those with a broader interest in equality law.” –  Ulele Burnham, Doughty Street Chambers, Discrimination Law Association Briefings, Vol 26

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