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Citizenship Without Consent: Lessons from the United States @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lecture by Peter Schuck

Organisers: Liav Orgad | EUI, IDC and WZB and Jules Lepoutre | EUI

Birthright citizenship (jus soli) is a simple, easily-administered rule to facilitate integration of illegally-present children who are likely to spend most or all of their lives in a country. In the U.S., however, automatic citizenship at birth for such children is deeply problematic for both constitutional and political reasons. It contradicts a fundamental constitutional commitment to consent-based membership, inscribed in the 14th Amendment. And it is hard to justify it in a country like the U.S. that borders large, much poorer, violence-exposed populations that use illegal migration pathways to escape those conditions. Therefore, a more nuanced citizenship rule based on length of residence and education in the U.S. could address both of those problems.

What lessons can the U.S. experience teach European policy-makers? According to Prof. Schuck, a review of the U.S. experience suggests that in Europe – under current conditions where illegal migration is convulsing democratic politics – a move away from its traditional jus sanguinis rules seems most unlikely, indeed politically suicidal.

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University. He has held this chair since 1984, served briefly as Deputy Dean of the Law School, and took emeritus status in 2009. His major fields of teaching and research are law and public policy; tort law; immigration, citizenship, and refugee law; groups, diversity, and law; and administrative law. He has published One Nation Undecided: Clear Thinking about Five Hard Issues That Divide Us (2017, Princeton UP).

Chair: Liav Orgad | EUI, IDC and WZB

Discussants: Leila Hadj-Abdou | EUI, Jules Lepoutre | EUI  and Ashley Mantha-Hollands | WZB 

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The event is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No 716350).

Beyond Migrants and Refugees: A Model International Mobility Convention @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Nov 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Roundtable with  Michael W. Doyle | Columbia University 

Organised by  Liav Orgad and Jean-Thomas Arrighi  |  EUI

After nearly two years of study and debate convened by the Columbia Global Policy Initiative’s International Migration Project, the Model International Mobility Convention (MIMC) represents a consensus among over 40 academics and policymakers in the fields of migration, human rights, national security, labor economics, and refugee law. The MIMC provides a holistic and rights-based approach to international mobility that integrates the various regimes that seek to govern people on the move. In addition, it fills key gaps in international law that leave many people unprotected by establishing the minimum rights afforded to all people who cross state borders – whether as visitors, tourists, students, workers, residents, entrepreneurs, forced migrants, refugees, victims of trafficking, people caught in countries in crisis and family members – and defines their relationships to their communities of destination, origin, and transit.

Michael W. Doyle is a University Professor of Columbia University and former director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative. He is affiliated with the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. His research interests include international migration, international relations theory, international law, international peace-building and the United Nations.

His most recent book is the Question of Intervention (Yale University Press, 2015). From 2006 to 2013, Doyle was an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund, a fund established in 2005 by the UN General Assembly to promote grass-roots democratization around the world. Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser for policy planning to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In the 1990’s he served as a peacekeeping adviser to High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata and in 2002 prepared a report on migration governance in the UN system for SG Kofi Annan. He has received two career awards from the American Political Science Association for his scholarship and public service and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Political and Social Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has an A.B. and Ph.D from Harvard University and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Warwick (UK).

The event is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No 716350)

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