Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT)

Through their laws on citizenship and electoral rights, states determine who belongs to the people in whose name they govern and for whom they assume responsibility vis-à-vis other states. Citizenship is thus a fundamental feature of the international state system and is frequently contested in domestic and international politics. GLOBALCIT is committed to fact-based and non-partisan analysis of citizenship laws and policies around the globe.

From 2017 GLOBALCIT is the successor of EUDO CITIZENSHIP, which started in 2009 with an initial focus on citizenship laws in the EU Member States and gradually expanded its thematic and geographic scope. The new name reflects our Observatory’s worldwide coverage.


CfA: Summer University on More European Citizenship, 2-3 September, Brussels Institute for European studies

CfA: Fulbright-Schuman Chair and post-doctoral position, open to US citizens. The call for 2020-21 is based at the EUI. Deadline: 16 September 2019.

CfA: Feminism, Law, and Citizenship, 24-26 June 2020, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and University of Reading. Deadline: 30 September 2019.

GLOBALCIT Publications

Report on Citizenship Law: Mozambique

Report on Citizenship Law: Uganda

Report on Citizenship Law: Angola

Report on Citizenship Law: The Republic of Korea

Working Paper: Let me vote in your country, and I’ll let you vote in mine. A proposal for transnational democracy


New literature

Jo Shaw
‘Shunning’ and ‘seeking’ membership: Rethinking citizenship regimes in the European constitutional space
Global Constitutionalism, 2019


Samantha Besson
Investment Citizenship and Democracy in a Global Age
Fribourg International Law Research Papers, 2019


Marloes de Hoon, Maarten Vink, and Hans Schmeets
A ticket to mobility? Naturalisation and subsequent migration of refugees after obtaining asylum in the Netherlands
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2019


More studies