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.


Webinar: Transcending the boundaries of punishment: On the nature of citizenship deprivation, 5 October 2020, 14:30 – 16:00 CET, University of Edinburgh

Call for Papers: The editorial team of the journal Migration Politics welcomes paper proposals for a special author residency programme at the University of Amsterdam. Deadline: 31 October 2020.

Web symposium: The People in Question, 8 October 2020, 16:00 – 17:30 CET, WZB Berlin.

Impact Report: “Stateless in the time of a Global Pandemic”, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion.

GLOBALCIT Publications

Report on Citizenship Law: Iran

Comparative Report: Dual citizenship in the European Union : trends and analysis (2010-2020)

Report on Citizenship Law: Nigeria

Report on Citizenship Law: Mali

New literature

Richard Hasen
Three Pathologies of American Voting Rights Illuminated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and How to Treat and Cure Them
Election Law Journal, 2020

Toby S. James and Sead Alihodzic
When Is It Democratic to Postpone an Election? Elections During Natural Disasters, Covid-19, and Emergency Situations
Election Law Journal, 2020

David Altman
Voting Rights of Denizens and Expats: Adjusting Democracy Indices to the Age of Mass Migration
V-Dem Working Paper, 2020

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