Overcoming Citizenship: Six Practical Steps for Overcoming the Hierarchy of Nationality

21 Pages Posted: 11 May 2013

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Alan Hyde

Rutgers University - School of Law

Date Written: May 10, 2013

Abstract

The legal concept of citizenship is employed almost exclusively to justify differential treatment of otherwise identically-situated individuals. Legal interventions around the world attempt to mitigate this discrimination. The discriminatory aspects of citizenship may be substantially mitigated by a six-step program: avoid the word citizen; disaggregate its legal consequences; advance transnational human rights as a source of rights; proliferate multiple citizenship; replace naturalization oaths and ceremonies with automatic registration; and ultimately treat all remaining distinction between citizen and noncitizen as suspect, presumed driven by no policy other than hatred or ethnic superiority.

Keywords: immigration and citizenship law, public international law, human rights,global economy

Suggested Citation

Hyde, Alan Stuart, Overcoming Citizenship: Six Practical Steps for Overcoming the Hierarchy of Nationality (May 10, 2013). Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 125, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2263275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2263275

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