Citizenship, status, and money: from medieval times to the present

Maarten Prak is Professor of Social and Economic History at the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University, Netherlands. He is an expert in early modern history, having authored and edited numerous publications on Dutch national history, comparative history of Europe, and global history. His research work has focused on topics like citizenship, institutions, cultural industries, guilds and human capital. His latest monograph is Citizens without Nations: Urban Citizenship in Europe and the World c. 1000-1789 (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Suryapratim Roy is Assistant Professor in Regulatory Law at Trinity College Dublin. He lectures on Environmental Law on the LLB Programme and Law & Risk on the LLM Programme. Prior to this, he taught wrote on climate law, economics of regulation and development studies at the University of Groningen. Before joining academia, he was a researcher with the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg and practised infrastructure law in the Mumbai offices of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

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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