The Next Frontier: Dual Nationality as a Multi‑layered Concept

3 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2019

Date Written: November 10, 2018


Scholarly debate, legal rules and policy on dual nationality suffer from a fatal flaw: the various situations of dual nationality are conflated in one single category, linked to a single policy. This article argues that the debate would win in clarity if the various situations were untangled. In order to demonstrate the need for more discrimination in situations of multiple citizenship, two cases are discussed: the first one relates to the various situations which may come under the heading of dual nationality. In particular, the argument is made that dual nationality arising out of birthright citizenship should not be confused with situations where a second nationality is voluntarily acquired. The second case where more segregation is in order relates to the treatment of the two nationalities possessed by an individual. The argument goes that the two nationalities should not be treated on equal par, as they rarely have the same value and weight.

Keywords: Dual Nationality, Birthright Citizenship, Multiple Citizenship, Discrimination

JEL Classification: K23, K33, K36, K37

Suggested Citation

Wautelet, Patrick R., The Next Frontier: Dual Nationality as a Multi‑layered Concept (November 10, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Patrick R. Wautelet (Contact Author)

University of Liège ( email )

B-4000 Liege

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