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This chapter summarizes the contents discussed in this book on the nationality and statelessness in international law. Current developments in international law present a traditional ideal based on a presumption of perfect distribution of individuals among States who would never move outside the borders or enter into relationships with citizens of other States. Further development of international law in the field of nationality is closely linked with the entire development of the individual's position in international law. There is also certain progress in tolerating multiple nationality and introducing obligations on States to grant nationality in cases of State succession. The legal framework in relation to functions of nationality is expanding. The basic rule that a State can grant diplomatic protection only to its nationals still holds true. Although developments in human rights have given a chance to the individual to defend their rights independently, the procedural possibilities are rather limited.

Keywords:diplomatic protection; international law; nationality; state succession; statelessness



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