The project explores what the international norms and structures in requirements for naturalization and, more broadly, for granting citizenship, should be.
It has six objectives:  to investigate the history of naturalization and what it can teach us about 21st-century challenges;  to identify the recent legal developments and establish the most up-to-date legal standards in the field of naturalization law that, taken together, may form the basis for ICIL;  to set out the theoretical foundations and the justifications for the establishment of ICIL;  to analyze the normative and structural implications derived from an-ICIL approach for future citizenship policy development;  to examine how new technologies can and should remodel the way citizenship is globally governed; and  to explore the interrelationship between ICIL, global migration, and constitutional identity.
In essence, the project seeks to formulate international standards by which states can admit migrants without fundamentally changing their cultural heritage and slipping into extreme nationalism. The outcome can serve as a basis for a future reform in international law, EU law, and national legal systems.
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