Netherlands International Law Review

, Volume 65, Issue 3, pp 391–412 | Cite as

The Next Frontier: Dual Nationality as a Multi-layered Concept

  • Patrick WauteletEmail author


Scholarly debate, legal rules and policy on dual nationality suffer from a fatal flaw: the various situations of dual nationality are conflated in one single category, linked to a single policy. This article argues that the debate would win in clarity if the various situations were untangled. In order to demonstrate the need for more discrimination in situations of multiple citizenship, two cases are discussed: the first one relates to the various situations which may come under the heading of dual nationality. In particular, the argument is made that dual nationality arising out of birthright citizenship should not be confused with situations where a second nationality is voluntarily acquired. The second case where more segregation is in order relates to the treatment of the two nationalities possessed by an individual. The argument goes that the two nationalities should not be treated on equal par, as they rarely have the same value and weight.


Dual nationality Birthright citizenship Multiple citizenship Discrimination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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