2018 Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Sticky Citizenship

15 March 2018



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Speaker: Professor Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto

2018 Sydney Law School Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Sticky Citizenship

About the lecture
Citizenship is good, and it is a good. Having citizenship is better than not having citizenship. And if one citizenship is good, two must be better, and three better still. But can it ever be otherwise? The recent controversy around the dual nationality of Australian parliamentarians illustrates not only that multiple citizenship may be a liability, but also that the involuntary ascription of citizenship at birth complicates ideas of autonomy and allegiance. Refugee determination, citizenship revocation, and Indigenous self-determination provide other sites to explore the implications of states 'sticking' people with citizenship that may be unwanted, or difficult to shed. In a world where the practical problem of statelessness is so much more pressing, the relatively marginal phenomenon of 'sticky citizenship' nevertheless offers an opportunity to consider embedded features of citizenship that are taken for granted but which warrant critical reflection.

About the speaker
Professor Audrey Macklin (BSc. (Alberta), LLB (Toronto), LLM (Yale) is Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Chair in International Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto. She teaches, researches and writes in the area of migration and citizenship law, business and human rights, and administrative law. She is co-author of the Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage (London: Routledge: 2014) and the Canadian text, Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 2nd Edition (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2015).

Professor Macklin has published widely in academic journals and edited collections. Through her scholarship and personal participation, Professor Macklin's body of work addresses academic and non-academic legal audiences, interdisciplinary scholarly networks, and civil society inside and outside Canada. Prof. Macklin is a frequent commentator in Canadian and international print, radio and television media, and appears in the documentaries Continuous Journey and The Secret Trial Five. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the National Post.

From 1994-96, Professor Macklin was a Member of the Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, where she adjudicated refugee claims. She was also involved in the case of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen detained by the United States at Guantànamo Bay for almost a decade. She was an observer for Human Rights Watch at the Military Commission proceedings against Mr. Khadr in Guantànamo Bay, and represented Human Rights Watch as intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in two Khadr appeals. Professor Macklin has also acted as pro bono intervener counsel or academic legal advisor in several public interest human rights cases, including legal challenges to security certificates, withdrawal of health care for refugees, citizenship revocation, the ban on niqabs at citizenship ceremonies, and the deportation of long term permanent residents. Her current research project examines private sponsorship as a model of refugee resettlement, and has had the opportunity to collaborate with Australian colleagues in comparing Canadian and Australian approaches.

Prof. Macklin was named a Trudeau Fellow in 2017.


Registration fees (inc. GST)

Full fee: $15

Sydney Law School Alumni: $10

Student: $10

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Upcoming conference of interest:

The New Citizenship: Law, Legal Status and Belonging in the 21st Century

15 & 16 March 2018

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Distinguished Speaker Lecture details:

Time: 6-7pm (registration from 5.30pm, cocktail reception to follow lecture)

Location: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: Full Fee $15; SLS Alumni $10; Student $10

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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