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.


20 February 2019, workshop at the European University Institute: The Power to Expel: Deportation and Denationalisation in Historical, Comparative and Normative Perspective; organised by Rutger Birnie and Rainer Bauböck

20 February 2019, Robot citizenship? On the moral and political status of machines, lecture by Mark Coeckelbergh; organised by Global Citizenship Governance project

Vacancy notice for a Research Assistant in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies to work in the field of the “Global Compact on Citizenship” with Professor Liav Orgad and Professor Brigid Laffan

GLOBALCIT Publications

FAIR EU : policy recommendations

FAIR EU synthesis report : electoral rights for mobile EU citizens’ challenges and facilitators of implementation

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens: Luxembourg

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens: Portugal

Report on political participation of mobile EU citizens: Sweden


New literature

Ryan Goss
Voting Rights and Australian Local Democracy
ANU College of Law Research Papers, 2019

Michael S. Kirsch
Conditioning Citizenship Benefits on Satisfying Citizenship Obligations
Notre Dame Legal Studies, 2019

Rainer Bauböck
Mare nostrum: the political ethics of migration in the Mediterranean
Comparative Migration Studies, 2019

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