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ISSN 1862-7617
Publications - Essays - 16-2008
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Christoph Brendel

Citizenship and the New Terrorism

Membership and Rights in an Era of Crisis and Transformation

Abstract from the author

Portrait des AutorsThe essay addresses the question of how the emergence of the global terrorism and the struggle against it affect the institution of citizenship. After elucidating history and features of terrorism, the author focuses on membership in the nation-state (citizenship). Proceeding from the assumption that membership is essentially about identity and difference, inclusion and exclusion, it is examined how societies react to the terrorist menace in terms of citizenship. The process of rethinking and adjusting citizenship in Western societies after 9/11 is briefly illustrated by the cases of the U.S. and Israel, thereafter German citizenship law is scrutinized. The author finally argues that citizenship, in particular the deprivation of the citizen status, is no effective instrument and should not be used as such in fighting the new terrorism. As the meaning of the nation-state and of the correlating citizenship, in any event, declines under the conditions of globalization, establishing „conditional“ or „second class“ citizenship will only accelerate its demise.

Der Aufsatz wurde im Rahmen des 7. Beitragswettbewerbes „Recht in Zeiten des Terrors“ angefertigt und mit dem Sonderpreise "Bester fremdsprachiger Beitrag" ausgezeichnet. In der Serie aus Anlass des Wettbewerbes sind bisher zudem erschienen: Michael Walter (15-2008), Henrik Zapfe (17-2008), Elisa Hoven (18-2008), Heiko Richter (19-2008), Tina Roeder (20-2008), Andreas von Mettenheim (21-2008), Manuel Ladiges (2-2009), Yoan Hermstrüwer (3-2009), Rolf H. Weber/Romana Weber (4-2009), Christopher Unseld (5-2009), Hauke Haverkamp (7-2009), Susanna Suelmann (9-2009), Bijan Moini (11-2009), Marc Lendermann (12-2009), Dominik Steiger (14-2009), Christina Scheidle (15-2009), Heribert Prantl (16-2009) und Annegret Frankewitsch (18-2009).

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Index of contents

Public Law

9/11 | Afroyim v. Rusk | Al-Quaeda | basic law | Bundesverfassungsgericht | Chief Justice Warren | Citizenship Act | citizenship identity | demos | denationalization | deprivation | difference | Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 (PATRIOT Act II) | ECHR | Europe | European Convention on Human Rights | European Court of Human Rights | European nation | exclusion | Federal Constitutional Court | Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution | Felix Frankfurter | Fourteenth Amendment | free democratic basic order | freedom fighters | Geneva Conventions | Georg Jellinek | German citizenship | German Democratic Republic | Germany | globalization | Grundgesetz | habeas corpus rights | Hamdi v. Rumsfeld | Hezbollah | homegrown terrorism | human rights | ICJ | illegal enemy combatant | inclusion | International Court of Justice | international system of states | Iran | Islam | islamic terrorism | ius sanguinis | ius soli | legal bond | liberalism | Max Weber | membership | migration | mobility | nation | nation-state | national community | nationalism | new terrorism | omnipresent threat | Peace of Westphalia | Perez v. Bownell | pouvoir constituant | religion | revocation | right of privacy | Security Council resolution 1566 (2004) | social community | sovereignty | state | state terrorism | Supreme Court | territorial integrity | territoriality | terror | terrorism | terrorist | terrorist networks | threat | Trop v. Dulles | Universal Declaration of Human Rights | US citizenship law | US Constitution | victims | Westphalia order

Quotation reference:
Christoph Brendel, HFR 2008, S. 169 et seqq.

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Edited by Peter Schmidt