In the Australian context, citizenship status has recently been central to debates over Parliamentary disqualification by reason of dual citizenship, expanded powers of citizenship deprivation directed at 'foreign fighters', and proposed changes to citizenship tests in the naturalization context. The legal status of citizenship combines what is often a strong emotive charge, stemming from its relation to ideas of membership, allegiance and belonging, with a highly technical legal role in multiple fields of law. The course is particularly interested in the status as one that has implications within diverse fields of law, both municipal (constitutional and administrative) and international (public and private). A study of the legal status is an excellent vehicle for study of interactions between these fields. In addition to the current controversies noted above, topics in the course include modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship, common law and constitutional understandings of allegiance and protection, the law on statelessness, diplomatic protection, passports, the 'securitization' of citizenship and issues surrounding access to citizenship for long-term residents. In relation to all of these topics we will consider the vexed relationship between citizenship as a formal status granted by states, and citizenship as a status enabling, and registering, belonging.
7 x 7hr seminars
general class participation (10%), oral presentation (15%), research outline and presentation (pass/fail), 4000wd research essay (75%)