Jo Shaw

senior fellow
EURIAS cohort 2017/2018
discipline Law
Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, University of Edinburgh

Research project

Building Citizenship Regimes: a Global Perspective (CITREG)


Building Citizenship Regimes is an ambitious attempt to explore on a global scale what policy-makers (including legislatures, the framers of constitutions and the judiciary) aim at when they frame the legal and constitutional aspects of citizenship regimes. It breaks citizenship regimes down using a new taxonomy of seven dimensions: (i) inter-state; (ii) relational; (iii) bio-political and bio-territorial; (iv) protective; (v) securitizing; (vi) distributive; and (vii) active/activist. The main objective of this project is concept-building through the exploration of these seven dimensions, with a view to establishing a new global approach to thinking about law and citizenship in combination.






Jo Shaw holds the Salvesen Chair of European Institutions at  Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, and was Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the same university until July 2017. She received her Master's in Law (European Law) from the Institute for European Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her main research interests lie in the areas of citizenship and constitutionalism in relation to the EU and a number of European states, including the new states of South East Europe.



Selected publications


Legal Spaces of Citizenship in the New States of South East Europe, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [forthcoming].


'Between law and political truth? Member State Preferences, EU Free Movement Rules and National Immigration Law', Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, vol. 17, 2015, pp. 247-286.


'Citizenship Rights: Statuses, Challenges and Struggles', with I. Štiks, Belgrade Journal of Media and Communications, vol. 3, no. 6, 2014, pp. 73-90.


'When Legal Worlds Collide: an Exploration of what Happens when EU Free Movement Law Meets UK Immigration Law', with N. Miller, European Law Review, no. 38, 2012, pp. 137-166.


The Transformation of Citizenship in the European Union, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007.





junior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2014/2015
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Philosophy
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2015/2016
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Literature
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2017/2018
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Environmental Science
senior fellow
EURIAS promotion 2013/2014
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
discipline Sociology