Reparations for injustice: the German Constitutional Court Decides on Generous Access to Citizenship

A chamber of the German Constitutional Court decided a case concerned with access to German citizenship for a descendant of a Jewish German who had been stripped of his German citizenship by the Nazis. The chamber decision finds that a long established, narrow naturalisation practice vis-à-vis the offspring of those who have been robbed their German nationality by the Nazis is unconstitutional.

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How COVID-19 will transform the market in investment migration

When it comes to investment migration, the pandemic has underscored the key differences between citizenship by investment and residence by investment, so often treated together – even conflated – in the literature, as well as the distinction between citizenship and mere passports. It also raises questions about how supply and demand will transform in this unusual market. What does the pandemic mean for millionaire mobility through investment migration?

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COVID-19 and the future of dual citizenship

Short of full deglobalisation and sustained lockdown, citizenship is likely to remain a valuable asset at the same time that states are unlikely to see serious new costs in pre-COVID citizenship practices. The pandemic is unlikely to reverse a long progression towards state acceptance of and individual interests in dual citizenship.

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“The winner takes it all”. The perils of requiring Israel to grant citizenship to Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories

Ariel Zemach suggests that Israel is required, under IHRL, to grant citizenship to residents of territories of the West Bank that were annexed to Israel. I would like to highlight three difficulties that arise from this argument: its contribution to the entrenchment of the settlements as a permanent reality, its dire implications for self-determination, in the substantive sense, of the Palestinian people, and its presumption that the granting of citizenship would result in adhering to IHRL obligations, in particular with respect to equality, towards Palestinian citizens of Israel.

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