Double Nationality in the EU: An Argument for Tolerance

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Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: May 2011


Currently the Member States' nationalities, short of being abolished in the legal sense, mostly serve as access points to the status of EU citizenship. Besides, they provide their owners with a limited number of specific rights in deviation from the general principle of non-discrimination on the basis of nationality, andwhat is probably more important for the majority of their ownerstrigger legalised discrimination in the wholly internal situations. Viewed in this light, the requirement to have only one Member State's nationality enforced in national law by 10 Member States seems totally outdated and misplaced. This paper focuses on the legal analysis of this controversial requirement.

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Kochenov, Dimitry, Double Nationality in the EU: An Argument for Tolerance (May 2011). European Law Journal, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 323-343, 2011. Available at SSRN: or

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Groningen, 9712 EK

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