“Citizenship Matters”: Lessons from the Irish Citizenship Referendum

@article{Mancini2008CitizenshipML,
  title={“Citizenship Matters”: Lessons from the Irish Citizenship Referendum},
  author={J. M. Mancini and Graham Finlay},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  year={2008},
  volume={60},
  pages={575 - 599}
}
In 2004, by constitutional referendum, Ireland revoked the automatic right to citizenship by territorial birth (jus soli). This event is of great significance in Europe, where consequently there is no longer a single nation that grants unrestricted territorial birthright citizenship to people born within its borders, and also represents a trend toward the revocation of jus soli within nations governed by the common law tradition. But the Irish Citizenship Referendum also invites comparative… 

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