Since the late 1990s, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and scholars have suggested that legal nationality, as is relevant to the right to a nationality, comprises not only traditional rights regarding movement and access to diplomatic protection but also civil and political rights. They have equated nationality with enfranchised citizenship, identifying certain groups of non-citizen nationals as stateless. This Note reviews the history of nationality in international law and concludes that nationality and citizenship were and continue to be separate concepts.
More Than A $90m Promise: President Obama’s Pledge to Lao and the U.S.’s International Legal ObligationsBy: Katherine Ebright
This past September, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $90 million (USD) for a three-year program to clear explosive remnants of war in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. This post considers how President Obama’s pledge engages with U.S. legal obligations under the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.