Nationality law (or citizenship law) is the law of a sovereign state, and of each of its jurisdictions, that defines the rights and obligations of citizenship within the jurisdiction as well as he manner in which citizenship is acquired and how it may be lost. A person who is in a country in which they are not a citizen of is generally regarded by that country as a foreigner, or alien. A person who has no recognised nationality or citizenship to any jurisdiction is regarded as stateless.



G. R. de Groot & O.W. Vonk
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462403116


While nationality law has traditionally been part of the nation-state’s ‘reserved domain’, recent decades have witnessed a growing body of international standards and guidelines in this area. This book provides the first comprehensive collection of multilateral international treaties, other international documents and case law of international tribunals regarding nationality law. Together these materials reflect the currently existing status of nationality under international law.

In addition, from being a stable field of law, nationality law has been subject to growing instrumentalization and change. International Standards on Nationality Law thus examines topical issues relating to nationality such as discriminatory practices in relation to gender, ethnicity and race, the status of surrogate-born children, diplomatic protection, the revocation of nationality of convicted terrorists, and ‘citizenship-for-sale’ programmes. Extensive bibliographical references have been included throughout, enabling the reader to identify relevant publications for further reading.

Normas Internacionales de Derecho de la Nacionalidad 

Textos, Jurisprudencia y Materiales

September 2018
Olivier Vonk Gerard-René de Groot
ISBN: 9789462404892

Aunque las normas reguladoras de la nacionalidad tradicionalmente han sido parte del dominio reservado de los Estados, en las ultimas decadas hemos asistido a la aparición de un creciente sistema de normas y directrices internacionales en este campo del derecho. El presente libro proporciona la primera colección completa de tratados internacionales multilaterales, otros documentos internacionales y jurisprudencia de tribunales internacionales en el ambito del derecho de la nacionalidad. En conjunto, estos materiales reflejan el estado actual de la regulación de la nacionalidad en el derecho internacional. A pesar de ser una disciplina legal consolidada, el derecho de la nacio­nalidad ha estado sujeto a una creciente instrumentalización y trans­formación. Normas Internacionales de Derecho de la Nacionalidad ex­amina cuestiones actuales relacionadas con la nacionalidad, como las practicas discriminatorias en relación con el genero, la etnia y la raza, la situación de los nifios nacidos mediante acuerdos de gestación sub­rogada, la protección diplomatica, la revocación de la nacionalidad terroristas convictos y los programas de venta de la nacionalidad. Asi­mismo, se han incluido extensas referencias bibliograficas que permit­en al lector identificar publicaciones relevantes como lecturas comple­mentarias y adicionales.

Civis europaeus sum?

Consequences with regard to Nationality Law and EU Citizenship status of the Independence of a Devolved Part of an EU Member State
Guayasén Marrero González
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462403413

Civis europaeus sum? Am I a citizen of the Union? This question, which is the cornerstone of this thesis, is also the question that people affected by an eventual State succession within an EU Member State need an answer to. The link between the nationality of an EU Member State and citizenship of the Union is, as it stands now, unbreakable. One cannot claim the enjoyment of the latter without holding the nationality of an EU Member State. Thus, those who, due to the operation of the State succession and the rules enacted in that context regarding nationality, lose the nationality of the predecessor-EU Member State cannot invoke “civis europaeus sum”. From the outset, individuals who lose the nationality of an EU Member State would lose EU citizenship and the rights attached to it. However, whilst EU citizenship is still not autonomous from Member State nationality, certain rights associated to the residence in both the potential newly independent States and the EU Member States can be frozen as an interim solution until such times as the former has completed the EU accession process.


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Diaspora Status and Citizenship Rights

A Comparative-Legal Analysis of the Quasi-Citizenship Schemes of China, India and Suriname

Ngo Chun Luk
ISBN: 9789462404571

Diasporas who have not obtained the nationality of their State of residence retain a certain level of uncertainty. On the other hand, naturalisation may lead to the loss of the nationality of their” countries of origin”. Do they forego naturalisation, thereby “accepting” the risks associated with incomplete integration?
Or do they naturalise and thereby lose (or renounce) their former nationality? Second-generation migrants may also face this situation, where they lose or do not obtain the nationality of their parents’ countries “of origin”. If they lose the nationality of their “State of origin”, they will be considered as foreign nationals in their “own” country. Many “sending” States that recognise the importance of their Diaspora have turned towards alternative means of retaining a bond with their Diaspora, even if they cannot yet fully accept dual nationality. On particular tool employed by a growing number of sending countries is to create a privileged legal status for their Diaspora.

This intermediate status grants them more rights than a non-citizen resident may have, while still not going as offering them the option of (dual) nationality. It is these “Privileged” statuses for the Diaspora that forms the focus of this publication. The research in this publication examines three existing forms of external quasi-citizenship schemes, namely the Chinese “Green Card” scheme, the Indian “Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder” scheme, and the Surinamese “Person of Surinamese Origin” scheme.

The research questions, namely which of the quasi-citizenship schemes of China, India and Suriname best approximate full or dual nationality as concerns the rights and duties of individuals, is approached from a comparative legal method. By employing an analytical framework, based on the selection and examination of a number of citizenship rights and duties, this publication examines the extent to which these forms of external quasi-citizenship schemes approximate the rights and duties of the Diaspora in comparison to full nationality.


Crimmigration law in the European Union (Part 2)
The Return Directive: return decision and detention
A. Pahladsingh
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462403406

The Intra Corporate Transferee Directive Central Themes, Problem Issues and Implementation in Selected Member States
Paul Minderhoud & Tesseltje de Lange (eds)
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462404786

Nationality Requirements in Olympic Sports
A.S. Wollmann
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462403215

European Citizenship at the Crossroads The Role of the European Union on Loss and Acquisition of Nationality
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462402546

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