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The European Citizens' Initiative in the Framework of International Subjectivity of Individuals.

Carlos Espaliú Berdud

The Lisbon Treaty reformed the Constituent Treaties reinforcing citizenship of the Union and enhances further the democratic functioning of the Union by providing, inter alia, that every citizen is to have the right to participate in the democratic life of the Union by way of a European citizens' initiative. This possibility enlarged the list of citizens' rights under European Union's Law. Nevertheless, taken from a broader Public International Law perspective, this step implies an important push in the growing international subjectivity of individuals, which is one of the more relevant trends in the evolution of International Law. My intention would be, first, to deepen the understanding of the law regarding the European citizens' initiative in a theoretical perspective and the Commission's following up of the three initiatives that have met until now the requirements set out in the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the citizens' Initiative. Secondly, I would compare the citizens' initiative in EU law with similar rights under the law of other regional international organizations, as the American States Organization or the African Union. Therefore, I would be able to have a global picture on the relevance of the European citizens' initiative in European Law and in International Law. Mainly, I expect to be able to conclude whether or not this way opened to European citizens could be considered a real participation of the individuals in the creation of International Law.

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