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A brief history of citizenship laws
by Patrick Weil
About this EXP
Patrick Weil, Professor at Yale Law School and Senior Research Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, reveals nationality laws.
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Key point 1
Before the French Revolution, citizenship was linked to birthplace (jus soli).
Key point 2
France and other territories then recognised citizenship attributed to descent (jus sanguinis).
Key point 3
Immigration led countries to recognise citizenship based on both jus soli and jus sanguinis.
Key point 4
Women’s rights movements also had an impact on citizenship law.
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