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 the requirements for naturalization. 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. We will study the history of Australian citizenship, international law relating to nationality, the interaction between national citizenship regimes, current developments and proposals that affect rights integral to citizenship, and issues surrounding access to citizenship for long-term residents, among other topics. These issues will regularly be explored through their application to contemporary case studies and controversies. Their will include analysis of a wide range of sources, including publications in political science and history as well as judgments, court filings, government reports and parliamentary submissions. 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.
Taught intensively 1 day per week for 7 weeks (each day 3x2hr seminar)
general class participation (10%), oral presentation (15%), research outline and presentation (pass/fail), 4000wd research essay (75%)