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.


CfP: PhD Workshop on Citizenship & Statelessness, Tilburg University, 29 October – 1 November 2018. Application deadline: 4 June 2018.

New comparative tool: European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has launched its Statelessness Index – an online tool that enables instant comparison of how different countries protect people without a nationality and what they are doing to prevent and reduce statelessness, assessing each country’s approach against international norms and good practices.


GLOBALCIT Publications

Working Paper: Contested territories, liminal polities, performative citizenship : a comparative analysis

Working Paper: EU citizenship: still a fundamental status?

Report on citizenship law :  South Africa

Regional report on citizenship : the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Comparative report : citizenship in Asia


New literature


Djorde Sredanovic & Jeremias Stadlmair (eds), Special Issue: Trends towards particularism in European citizenship policies, JCES, 2018


Devyani Prabhat, Britishness, belonging and citizenship. Experiencing nationality law, Policy, 2018


Yossi Harpaz & Pablo Mateos (eds), Special Issue: Strategic Citizenship: Negotiating Membership in the Age of Dual Nationality, JEMS, 2018


More studies