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Views and Treatment of Multiple Nationality in Historical Perspective and the Influence of Human Rights

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The concept of multiple nationality and debates in relation to it have followed, and evolved with, fundamental changes in the structure of society, and the emergence of the nation-state and the consequent development of international law. Views and treatment of multiple nationality cannot be separated from views and treatment of nationality itself, and its consequences, reflecting the central issues of the power of states over their nationals, and in relation to each other in their mutual dealings. This chapter sketches historical considerations and developments in relation to the treatment of multiple nationality, and presents in greater detail more recent arguments on its nature, effects, and relative desirability. It also provides an example of contrary state practice, illustrating how a principle of avoidance of multiple nationality can be prioritised above other state-defined interests related to human rights.

Keywords: contrary state practice; human rights; international law; multiple nationality



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