Chapter 7: The right to citizenship and human dignity
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The right to nationality is extremely weak, both at national and at supranational levels. This is true in particular in the UK case, whereas in the USA the protection of the right to nationality is much stronger. This divide can be explained also considering that while in the American context human dignity is deemed as the theoretical foundation of the right to nationality, any reference to this principle is absent in the European case-law. Considering these problematic aspects, this chapter argues that Court's references to human dignity in nationality issues - far from simply adding a rhetorical flourish in highly contested cases - may help strengthen the implementation of this crucial, even though contested, right, while transforming the theoretical foundations of citizenship.

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