Advancing citizenship: The legal armory and its limits

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This Article considers the use of litigation as one mechanism to make citizenship more inclusive. It examines three Australian High Court decisions on citizenship in which the author was also counsel. While addressing the promotion of inclusive approaches to citizenship as a legal status, the Article argues that advocates must consider a range of avenues for advancing their clients ' claims. In doing so, the Article also presents a normative critique of citizenship legislation as not paying enough attention to the individual's affiliation with Australia. The cases highlight rules that overlook certain individuals without giving sufficient consideration to their special circumstances, demonstrating that a person's identity is not always reflected in law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalTheoretical Inquiries in Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


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