Instructor(s): Karen Knop, Audrey Macklin

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7024HF.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

The term “citizenship” has many legal facets. Citizenship can denote a status, a package of rights and responsibilities, or a set of practices and performances. Inside the state, citizens and non-citizens are constructed by citizenship law, immigration law, constitutional law and other branches of national law. International law recognizes the right of each state to determine who are its nationals, but also places limits on the state’s ability to do so and regulates the rights and duties that attach to nationality when the national is outside her own state. Phenomena ranging from economic globalization to the growth of international human rights to the “war on terror” have led to new thinking on such fundamental questions as who is the citizen, what is the nature of citizenship and to what community does citizenship attach. Are we in an age of multiple citizenships, post-national citizenship, transnational citizenship or cosmopolitan citizenship or are we witnessing the return of a strong citizen/non-citizen divide and the persistence of “second-class” citizenship?

This seminar will explore theoretical and practical perspectives on the acquisition, enjoyment and loss of legal citizenship in Canada and elsewhere. It will also examine law’s role in honing citizenship’s sociological and political facets. Topics to be discussed may include birthright citizenship, the respective rights of citizens and foreign nationals, sexual citizenship, post-national and transnational citizenship, “second class” citizenship, multicultural citizenship and Aboriginal citizenship. No prior study of immigration law or international law is necessary.

will be as follows: 5,000-6,250 word paper (90%) and Outline (10%): This 500 word note, in preparation for your paper, will briefly discuss the main sources you plan to discuss and will sketch the direction of argument that you plan for your paper. The instructors expect students to actively participate in class and may, at their discretion, assign specific tasks (short presentation, comment on readings, lead discussion, etc.) to facilitate participation. Students may also exercise the option to write a Supervised Upper Year Research Paper for this course.

At a Glance

First Term


15 JD


T: 2:10 - 4:00