openDemocracy reports on RSC and Middlesex University seminar on the deprivation of citizenship in the UK
- 18 March 2014
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Agnes Woolley of Lincoln University writes for openDemocracy on the event, which included the RSC's Dr Matthew Gibney among its speakers
In her article, 'Citizenship deprivation: a new politics of nationalism?', Dr Woolley reflects on the one-day seminar, which examined the powers of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act passed by the Labour government in 2006; specifically, she examines the power invested in the Secretary of State to deport those deemed no longer 'conducive to the public good'.
Dr Woolley writes that, at the event, Dr Gibney 'explained in his historical overview of citizenship deprivation and statelessness, the inclusion of the phrase "not conducive to the public good" in Labour’s Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act was partly a response to the London bombings of 7th July, 2005.' She adds that this paved the way for 'a fundamental shift in the "rules" governing the concept of citizenship and a new willingness on the part of governments to override international human rights regimes.'