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Conclusion: the Relevance and Role of Nationality in International Law

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While multiple nationality reinforces the relevance of nationality as a means of protection for the individual on the international plane, it also illustrates that it is a limited means, as the individual only receives benefits through the state, at its discretion. As opposed to weakening traditional rules, state practice that accepts multiple nationality reinforces them, and demonstrates that the primary function of nationality in international law is as a means of allocating individuals to states for states’ purposes, as opposed to the rights or protection of individuals. In light of the changing nature of human society, the legal rights and obligations as a consequence of nationality under municipal law may be expected to continue to evolve. Thus, the subjective underpinning of standards of loyalty in municipal law may also be expected to change over time, and therefore also the objective requirements of municipal laws.

Keywords: human society; international law; legal rights; multiple nationality; municipal law; state practice



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