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The Family in EU Law After the SM Ruling: Variable Geometry and Conditional Deference

Strumia, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-0361-7327 (2019). The Family in EU Law After the SM Ruling: Variable Geometry and Conditional Deference. European Papers, 4(1), pp. 389-393. doi: 10.15166/2499-8249/296


SM (Court of Justice, judgment of 26 March 2019, case C-129/18 [GC]) revolved around the possibility of embracing a child in guardianship under the Algerian kafala system within the EU law notion of “family member”. In the ruling, the Court opened the door to a “variable geometry” notion of family. To this extended notion of family, it tendered enhanced protection through resort to fundamental rights law. And relatedly it recognized only conditional deference to host Member States with regard to the treatment of relevant family members in the context of their immigration rules. Rather than offering a detailed analysis of the case, this Insight focuses on these three aspects of the judgment as the starting point for a reflection on the evolving treatment of the “family” in EU law.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Publisher Keywords: family reunification – right to family life – citizenship of the Union – fundamental rights – free movement – immigration law
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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