A New International Law of Citizenship

  title={A New International Law of Citizenship},
  author={Peter J. Spiro},
  journal={American Journal of International Law},
  pages={694 - 746}
  • Peter J. Spiro
  • Published 1 October 2011
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of International Law
Will international law colonize the last bastion of sovereign discretion? As a matter of traditional doctrine, international law has had little to say about the citizenship practices of states and the terms on which states determine the boundaries of their memberships. Through much of the Westphalian era, states have been essentially unconstrained with respect to who gets citizenship and on what terms. Historically, citizenship status has been considered a matter of national self-definition… 

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