Citizenship and borders : Irish nationality law and Northern Ireland

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Title: Citizenship and borders : Irish nationality law and Northern Ireland
Authors: Ó Caoindealbháin, Brian
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Date: 2006
Online since: 2010-07-16T15:48:46Z
Abstract: Depending on its underlying principles and scope of application, citizenship law can impact on territorial borders in varying ways, ranging from their reinforcement to their active subversion. In this paper I develop a schema of possible relationships between borders and four common principles of citizenship with the aim of assessing their compatibility. I then apply this schema to pre-1998 Irish citizenship law to illustrate an instance of subversion of a territorial border. While highly distinctive in Europe, the formerly irredentist nature of Irish citizenship law calls attention to the potential for conflict between certain citizenship criteria and territorial boundaries, a potential which has increased in recent decades with the reform of citizenship regimes in Central and Eastern Europe.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 68; MFPP Working Papers; 18
Copyright (published version): The author, 2006
Keywords: CitizenshipIrelandGood Friday agreementIrredentism
Subject LCSH: Citizenship--Ireland
Citizenship--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Boundaries--Ireland
Ireland--Boundaries--Northern Ireland
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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