Denationalisation and Its Discontents

Citizenship Revocation in the 21st Century: Legal, Political and Moral Implications


Over the past two decades, denationalisation – the controversial practice of revoking citizenship from unwanted citizens – has re-entered Western law and politics with astonishing haste. In this book, Christian Prener traces this remarkable development in the United Kingdom, Denmark, France and the United States and offers a timely and critical examination of the legal, moral, and political acceptability of citizenship revocation in response to acts of misconduct or disloyalty.

Through an exploration of contemporary practices, caselaw and theory, the book distils some of the hard questions posed by the Western revival of denationalisation within international human rights law, moral philosophy and political theory as it probes the lawfulness, efficacy, and political legitimacy of revoking citizenship in the 21st century.

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Christian Prener, Ph.D. (1989) is Assistant Professor of Public Law at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and a Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). His research concerns broadly issues related to citizenship, migration, and nationality law. Christian received his PhD in law from the University of Aarhus in May 2021.
Scholars, lawyers, researchers, policymakers and anyone else interested in citizenship and the revival of denationalisation in the 21st century.
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