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    Revisiting the Ruiz Zambrano Doctrine and Exploring the Potential for Its Extensive Application

    Martinico, Giuseppe and Ferri, Delia (2021) Revisiting the Ruiz Zambrano Doctrine and Exploring the Potential for Its Extensive Application. European Public Law, 27 (Issue). pp. 685-706. ISSN 1354-3725

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    With the tenth anniversary of the seminal Ruiz Zambrano judgment looming, there is scantly a better time to reassess its legacy and reflect on how its doctrine can be brought forward to foster the protection of fundamental rights in the European Union (EU). This article looks back at the reasons that make this decision a landmark in EU law, and discusses the potential for an expansive reading of the Ruiz Zambrano doctrine. It analyses to what extent the doctrine’s scope can be extended to subjects other than minors within the specific context of derived residence rights for third country nationals. On the whole, this article argues in favour of the expansive application of this doctrine by looking at a case study: that of persons with disabilities. In testing the potential application of the Ruiz Zambrano doctrine to protect the genuine enjoyment of rights that the status of EU citizens confers upon persons with disabilities, the article problematizes the idea of ‘dependency’. While this concept might be perceived as problematic from a disability perspective, the article reconciles this apparent tension by applying the concept of ‘empowering dependency’. The article concludes by highlighting the constitutional spill-over that a broader application of the Ruiz Zambrano doctrine may bring.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ruiz Zambrano; EU citizenship; fundamental rights; persons with disabilities; constitutional spill-over;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 16924
    Identification Number:
    Depositing User: Delia Ferri
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 14:41
    Journal or Publication Title: European Public Law
    Publisher: mdpi
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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