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CPP Colloquium with Luara Ferracioli: By Soil, by Blood or by What? Children, Citizenship and Exclusion

  • Luara Ferracioli (UvA)
Wednesday 1 June 2016
CPP Colloquia 2015-2016 & 2016-2017
Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by

Luara Ferracioli (Amsterdam)

“By Soil, by Blood, or by What? Children, Citizenship and Exclusion”


Do states have a right to exclude prospective immigrants as they see fit? According to statists the answer is a qualified yes. For these authors, self-determining political communities have a prima facie right to exclude prospective immigrants, which can be overridden by the claims of vulnerable groups such as refugees and children born in the territory of the state. However, proponents of open borders have accused statists of providing a theory that cannot in fact protect children born in the territory from being excluded from the political community. The grounds for exclusion that affect newcomers by immigration, also affect newcomers by birth, or so the accusation goes. In this paper, I defend statism against this line of criticism and provide a justification for the inclusion of children born within the state's borders that is in line with other statist commitments. My account leads to some surprising implication for citizenship law, as well as immigration arrangements in the area of asylum and unauthorized immigration

About Luara Ferracioli

Luara Ferracioli is an assistant professor in Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained a PhD in Philosophy at the Australian National University in 2012. Before joining the University of Amsterdam, she was a posdoctoral fellow at Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations) and Princeton (Woodrow Wilson School). She works primarily on questions relating to the ethics of immigration and the ethics of parenting and procreation. From January 2015 until December 2018, Dr Ferracioli will be working on the ethics of the refugee protection regime as part of a NWO Veni Grant entitled: “Asylum Theory for a Non-Ideal World”. Her most recent work is forthcoming in the Journal of Moral Philosophy and Political Studies.


About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register.
See Centre for Political Philosophy for more information.
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