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Citizenship Stripping: From Blair to May

From Blair to May we hear the story of how the British state weaponised citizenship.
When May 30, 2017
from 05:15 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Keynes Hall, King's College, Cambridge.
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Citizenship-stripping has become a key weapon in the counter-terrorism toolbox. The British government has the power to revoke the citizenship of dual UK nationals or naturalised Britons with little oversight and virtually no public scrutiny. To do so the Home Secretary needs neither the approval of a court nor that an individual be convicted of a crime. The practice has grown since 9/11, when legislation was passed to make the process easier. Under Labour, five people had their citizenship removed. But while Theresa May was at the Home Office, 70 people were stripped. Yet these near-arbitrary powers have caused remarkably little concern. This seminar examines how citizenship-stripping became a fixture of the British state. From Blair to May we hear the story of how the British state weaponised citizenship.

Ismail Einashe (Columbia); Alice Ross (Guardian); Daniel Trilling (New Humanist); and Ashwini Vasanthakumar (King’s London)

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