International Citizenship Law
New Publication: Cities vs States
Should urban citizenship be emancipated from nationality? The debate forum addressing this question was published as an EUI working paper. It is part of a collaboration between Global Citizenship Governance, Global Citizenship Observatory, and The Cities, Mobility and Membership Research Collaborative.
China‘s Social Credit System
Does China’s Social Credit System lead the way to a dystopian future? In an online symposium in cooperation with Verfassungsblog as well as in this paper, leading scholars take sides in this controversy concerning an unparalleled effort of social engineering that will soon influence the lives of over a billion citizens.
Governing global migration is one of the most pressing issues of our time. With more than 250 million international immigrants, the question of how citizenship should be distributed has become a controversial issue, morally and politically. Traditionally, international law has not regulated nationality law; naturalization requirements remain the last stronghold of national sovereignty. This project advances the establishment of a new subfield in public international law—International Citizenship Law (ICIL)—which would govern nationality law. It asks a critical and timely question: What should be the international norms and structure in setting up requirements for naturalization and, more broadly, for granting citizenship?
In order to address this question, the project has six objectives:  to investigate the history of naturalization and what it can teach us about 21st-century challenges;  to identify the recent legal developments and establish the most up-to-date legal standards in the field of naturalization law that, taken together, may form the basis for ICIL;  to set out the theoretical foundations and the justifications for the establishment of ICIL;  to analyze the normative and structural implications derived from an-ICIL approach for future citizenship policy development;  to examine how new technologies can and should remodel the way citizenship is globally governed and distributed; and  to explore the interrelationship between ICIL, global migration, and constitutional identity.
The project is structured around three core projects:  Global Citizenship Compact (GCC);  Majority and Minority Rights;  Global Citizenship Technology (CitTech).