Statelessness and the Right to Nationality: Developing a Determination Procedure in Nigeria

In this blog post, Solomon Oseghale Momoh summarises his PhD research on the gaps in the nationality law and policy of Nigeria, with a particular focus on safeguards for people exposed to the risk of statelessness. Momoh emphasises the need to transpose the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons into domestic law and, crucially, the need for Nigeria to develop a statelessness determination procedure. Read More …

Tying up historical loose ends: The Nationality and Borders Bill (UK)

The nationality provisions in the Nationality and Borders Bill, currently progressing through the UK Parliament, are, with one exception, broadly progressive as they aim to rectify historic injustices and discrimination, contrasting with other parts of the Bill, which have been widely condemned. This blog post explains the background to and effects of the nationality clauses. Read More …

Statelessness, Proportionality and Access to (EU) Citizenship

In the European Union (EU) the issue of citizenship can be brought to the supranational level because the citizenship of EU Member States is also EU citizenship. This provides certain opportunities for engaging the norms and principles of EU law, such as the principle of proportionality. However, ethnic and other nationalisms undermine the application of the principle of proportionality as regards access to and loss of citizenship.

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Who gets Cherokee citizenship has long been a struggle between the tribe and the US government

A recent decision by the Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court struck down a law that freedmen – descendants of people enslaved by Cherokees in the 18th and 19th centuries – cannot hold elective tribal office. The ruling is the latest development of a long struggle between the Cherokee Nation and the federal government over which has the power to determine who should be considered a tribal citizen, and which culture’s values should be most important in that determination.

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