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Citizenship in an Age of Globalisation: The Cosmopolitan Citizen?

Professor Kim Rubenstein is the Director of the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University. Her current research projects are at the cutting edge of the intersection between public and international law. Her public law work spans constitutional and administrative law, and also includes her expertise in citizenship law. Over the past 11 years she has analysed the legal status of citizenship and has considered the differences between that formal notion and the broader normative understanding of citizenship as membership of a community.

To be global is to be cosmopolitan: that is, a national of the world and a citizen of multiple states. Globalisation has made the international political economy more flexible to the acceptance of dual or even multiple nationality. Indeed, Australia is one of an increasing number of nation-states that accepts dual and multiple citizenship and nationality. Nonetheless, contradictions and tensions remain. The incipient flexibility of citizenship and nationality has regressed in response to the threat of terrorism. Hence, we need a progressive citizenship project that includes the dual and multiple citizen and national as a necessary and desirable feature of a globalised world.

 (2007) 25 No 1  Law in Context 88-111

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