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The City in Constitutional Law: theme of latest volume European Yearbook of Constitutional Law

Published: 06th May 2021 Last updated: 27th May 2021

Unrelenting urbanization means that most people are, or soon will be, living in cities and that city administrations become, in many respects, their quintessential governing units. This development has been analyzed from a constitutional law point of view in the latest volume of the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law, co-edited by Tilburg Law School scholars Ernst Hirsch Ballin and Gerhard van der Schyff.

The European Yearbook of Constitutional Law (EYCL) is an annual publication devoted to the study of constitutional law. It aims to provide a forum for in-depth analysis and discussion of new developments in the field, both in Europe and beyond.

This second volume examines the constitutional positioning of cities across space and time. Unrelenting urbanization means that most people are, or soon will be, living in cities and that city administrations become, in many respects, their quintessential governing units. Cities are places where State power is operationalized and concretized; where laws and government policies transform from parchment objectives to practical realities. In a similar vein, cities are also places for the realization of the constitutional rights and liberties enjoyed by individuals.

The book is organized around three sets of relations that await further unpacking in theory as well as practice: that between cities and other institutions in the national constitutional architecture; that between cities and their inhabitants; and that between cities and international organizations. The contributions to this book show the marked diversity in the role and powers available to cities in Europe and beyond, and identify principles and approaches to help stipulate new ways of thinking about the legal role and relevance of cities going forward.

Specific to this volume in the Series:

  • Interrogates the positioning and powers of cities in the contemporary constitutional context
  • Covers a broad range of constitutional systems, both national and supranational and European as well as non-European
  • Brings together authors from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and legal cultures

About the editors

Ernst Hirsch Ballin is distinguished university professor at Tilburg University and vice-dean for research of Tilburg Law School. Gerhard van der Schyff is associate professor at Tilburg Law School, Department of Public Law and Governance. Maarten Stremler is lecturer at Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law. Maartje de Visser is associate professor at SMU School of Law, Singapore.