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Global Citizenship Governance



Governing global migration is one of the most pressing issues of our time. With more than 250 million international immigrants, the question of how citizenship should be distributed has become a controversial issue, morally and politically.

The Global Citizenship Governance project advances the establishment of a new subfield in public international law – International Citizenship Law (ICIL) – which aims to formulate international standards by which states can admit migrants without fundamentally changing their cultural heritage and slipping into extreme nationalism.

The five key objectives of the Project:

  1. Investigate the history of naturalisation;
  2. Establish the most up-to-date international legal standards of naturalization law;
  3. Set out the theoretical foundations of ICIL;
  4. Analyse the normative and structural implications of a future ICIL regime;
  5. Explore the inter-relationship between ICIL, global migration, and constitutional identity. 

This project is led by Professor Liav Orgad, and is co-hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, from March 2017 to February 2022. 

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 716350).