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The legality of the citizenship deprivation of UK foreign terrorist fighters.

Arnell, Paul

Authors

Paul Arnell



Abstract

The deprivation of citizenship in UK law and practice has come to the fore in recent years. Foreign terrorist fighters have been a notable target. The case of Shamima Begum is one of the latest examples. Less recently is the case of Hilal Al-Jedda. The increased scale of deprivations and the profile of those affected have brought the subject into public consciousness. The numbers of persons who have lost their citizenship between 2006 and 2016 is 373, a marked increase on previous periods. The renown of certain affected individuals has led to their stories making the front pages, including those of Begum, Al-Jedda, and Abu Hamza. These cases raise a number of questions. Has there been a permanent change in perceptions of immigration and Britishness? Is deprivation an effective tool in the fight against terrorism? And, perhaps more technical but no less important, is UK law and practice in accordance with international law? This latter question is the focus of this article.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal ERA-forum
Print ISSN 1612-3093
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation ARNELL, P. [2020]. The legality of the citizenship deprivation of UK foreign terrorist fighters. ERA-forum [online], Latest Articles. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12027-020-00615-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12027-020-00615-9
Keywords Citizenship deprivation; Human rights; International law; Statelessness

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