Citizenship by investment and international law

Peter J. Spiro holds the Charles Weiner Chair in international law at Temple University. Before joining Temple’s faculty in 2006, Professor Spiro was Rusk Professor of Law at the University of Georgia Law School. A former law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, Spiro specializes in international, immigration, and constitutional law. Spiro is the author of Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization (Oxford University Press 2008), At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship (NYU Press 2016), and Citizenship: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press 2019). He has contributed commentary to such publications as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, and is frequently quoted in the media on international and immigration law issues.

Audrey Macklin is a professor at the Faculty of Law. She holds law degrees from Yale and Toronto, and a bachelor of science degree from Alberta. Professor Macklin’s teaching areas include criminal law, administrative law, and immigration and refugee law. Her research and writing interests include transnational migration, citizenship, forced migration, feminist and cultural analysis, and human rights. She has published on these subjects in journals such as Refuge and Canadian Woman Studies, and in collections of essays such as The Security of Freedom: Essays on Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Bill and Engendering Forced Migration.

COMPAS Hilary 2021 Seminar Series

Thursdays at 4pm (Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8) on Zoom. 

Citizenship by Investment: Law, policy, and sociology

Convened by: Madeleine Sumption & Dimitry Kochenov

Over the past 15 years, a growing number of countries have offered residence or citizenship in return for a financial investment or even just a payment. While residence by investment programmes have been common for many years in high-income countries, the recent development of citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes in the European Union—and particularly in Malta—has attracted much controversy. This seminar series takes a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the implications and impacts of citizenship by investment, bringing together scholars from law, sociology, politics and history.

Further readings on each of the seminar topics can be found here.

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