Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Ricou Heaton

First Page



The end of 1992 has attained significance as the time when borders and barriers to the free movement of people within the European Community (EC) should dissolve. This Note examines those actions taken by EC institutions and member states that are determining the nature of this freedom. This Note explains the major EC institutions and the steps they have taken with respect to freedom of movement. This Note also describes the Schengen Convention, an agreement between , eight EC states that provides a blueprint for dismantling internal borders and strengthening external ones. The author discusses how member states' desire to control who enters their territory will effectively prevent the free movement of people in the EC. The author concludes that certain nationals of non-EC states need recognition and protection for their right of free movement.