IFRANigeria/ Institute of African Studies Organizes Citizenship and Nationality Lecture

Francais/Institute of African Studies is organizing a  Guest lecture entitled “Citizenship and Nationality. An Individual and Collective Challenge for the Nation”

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Patrick WEIL, frontline French Historian and Political Scientist and it will take place on Thursday the 17th of May 2018 by 2pm PROMPT. The venue for the lecture is Draper’s Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

Prof. Weil is a Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and at the Centre for the Social History of the 20th Century at the University Paris 1. His research focuses on comparative citizenship, immigration law, history and constitutional law. He has been a visiting professor at the Yale Law School.

The lecture will notably address the transformations of Citizenship ―the legal link between the individual and the nation-state―, which has developed its own independent history. Prior to the American and French Revolutions, citizenship was based on allegiance to versus protection of the King, but in the nineteenth century it was transformed into a conditional status based on rights and duties. Recently, courts and governments have secured citizenship, bringing about a new stage in its development: reversing the traditional dependency of the individual on the state, they recognized that sovereignty belongs to nationals of a country. This model was presented by the U.S. Supreme Court in the late 1950s, but originated in a movement of the whole international community which aimed to guarantee the protections of citizenship to all individuals: it reduced statelessness, securing it for 99.8% of human beings; it gave rise to multiple citizenship and, paradoxically, reinforced nation-states as the main providers of the “the right to have rights.” Far from signifying a “post-national” or “disaggregated” form of citizenship, these legal developments, in the context of globalization, consolidate and reinforce nationality.

The lecture will be followed at 4pm by a special film screening of the Thursday Film Series addressing the topic. Entrance is free and open to all so do not hesitate to bring your friends, colleagues and members of your families.

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