|PhD ceremony:||mr. G. (Gohar) Karapetian|
|When:||January 16, 2020|
|Supervisors:||prof. mr. dr. H.E. (Herman) Broring, prof. mr. H.G. (Gerhard) Hoogers|
|Where:||Academy building RUG|
This dissertation is concerned with citizenship and political representation of overseas citizens in the Kingdom of the Netherlands from a comparative French and EU perspective. Citizenship is a core component of constitutional theory. Since the French Revolution, a basic assumption of the notion of citizenship is that citizens have the right to choose their representatives in the political representative assembly of a constitutional entity. However, the relationship between a constitutional entity and the citizens of the overseas territories challenges this basic assumption. Contrasting the approaches of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the French Republic and the European Union to the rights and obligations of citizens of overseas territories sheds light on the meaning and contours of citizenship in constitutional theory and law.