News 2018

Dec 20, 2018

New Publication: Now the Code Runs Itself

A new publication (co-authored with Wessel Reijers, Iris Wuisman, et al.), "Now the Code Runs Itself: On-Chain and Off-Chain Governance of Blockchain Technologies," Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy (2018). Available here.

Nov 28, 2018

Citizenship Gamification, University of Groningen

Keynote Speech on "Citizenship Gamification," and a Panel discussion on "Digital Identity," the Blockchain, Public Trust, Law and Governance Conference, University of Groningen, November 29-30, 2018. Details are available here.​

Nov 06, 2018

Contested Multiculturalism

Bhikhu Parekh, Giovanni Maria Flick, Daniele Archibugi, Tariq Modood, David Goodhart, Bassam Tibi, Peter Schuck, Christian Joppke, Amnon Rubinstein, Robert Roth, and others on contemporary dilemmas of multiculturalism. Rome, November 7-9, International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. See here.

Nov 05, 2018

Michael Doyle's Lecture: A Model International Mobility Convention

Roundtable with  Michael Doyle, University Professor of Columbia University, on the Model International Mobility Convention and its possible implications for a future international treaty on citizenship. The program is available here.

Oct 31, 2018

Conference to Honor Justice Mishael Cheshin

Conference to honor one of the greatest judges of Israel's history, a former Vice President of the Supreme Court of Israel, the late Justice Mishael Cheshin. The program (in Hebrew) is available here; Orgad's words (in Hebrew) are available here.

Oct 25, 2018

Peter Schuck's Lecture: Citizenship Without Consent: Lessons from the United States

What lessons can the U.S. experience teach European policy-makers? According to Prof. Schuck, a review of the U.S. experience suggests that in Europe – where illegal migration is convulsing democratic politics – a move away from its traditional jus sanguinis rules seems most unlikely, indeed politically suicidal. See here.

Oct 16, 2018

New Publication: Book Review, At Home in Two Countries (by Peter Spiro)

Can a person have a "home" in two countries? How many citizenships can (and should) a person have? Liav Orgad's review of Peter Spiro book, At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Nationality (NYU, 2017), published at 112(4) American Journal of International Law,  (2018), pp. 789-795. Available here.

Oct 14, 2018

New Publication: Cloud Communities: The Dawn of Global Citizenship?

Liav Orgad, “Cloud Communities: The Dawn of Global Citizenship?” in Debating Transformations of National Citizenship, Rainer Bauböck ed. (Springer, 2018), 251-260, 353-358. The publication is open access; it is available here.

Oct 07, 2018

Toward European Citizenship Law? Citizenship Governance in the European Union

Should the EU develop European standards for the acquisition and loss of Union citizenship? What should be the relations between national sovereignty and EU law under such a regime? And is a global treaty on citizenship politically feasible? Details on the workshop (EUI Florence, October the 8th) are available here.

Sep 04, 2018

ICT Summit 2018: Counter-Terrorism & Emerging Technologies

This workshop seeks to identify the threats that stem from emerging technologies (AI, Crypto & Big Data) to the field of counter-terrorism.

Jul 31, 2018

Digital Citizenship: A New Research Project

The project, to be conducted at the WZB Berlin, brings to the fore fundamental questions related to the digital demos and investigates the feasibility and ethical implications of social scoring systems. See here.

Jul 11, 2018

Call for Papers: Majority and Minority Rights Conference, WZB Berlin, April 2019

The Research Area “Migration and Diversity” invites submissions for a conference on minority and majority rights. Distinguished speakers include Rainer Bauböck, David Goodhart, Christian Joppke, Will Kymlicka, and Tariq Modood. Travel and accommodation for accepted papers will be covered by the WZB. See here.

Jul 11, 2018

Just Published: Cloud Communities: The Dawn of Global Citizenship?

New digital technologies are rapidly changing the global economy and have connected billions of people in deterritoralised social network. Will they create new opportunities for global citizenship and alternatives to state-based political communities? EUI Working Paper, edited by Liav Orgad and Rainer Bauböck. See here.

Jun 30, 2018

European Junior Faculty Forum for Public Law & Jurisprudence, July 12-13

The European Junior Faculty Forum for Public Law and Jurisprudence brings together a selected group of early career scholars. It intends to address public law scholarship from an interdisciplinary perspective and create an intellectual community of European public law scholars. Details are available here.​

Jun 11, 2018

Keynote Speech by Professor Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School

The 1st CitTech workshop on "Emerging Technologies and the Future of Citizenship," available here

Jun 11, 2018

1st Cit-Tech Conference: Emerging Technologies and the Future of Citizenship

Four institutions (IDC/WZB/Harvard/EUI) has joint forces to discuss how can/should new technologies remodel citizenship, bring about new forms of governance, and redefine state sovereignty and the nation-state system? The first workshop will be held in Berlin on June 12-13, 2018. Details are available here.

May 27, 2018

Orgad to attend the Global Challenges Foundation's New Shape Forum

The New Shape Forum is a starting point of a mission to reshape global cooperation in order to better tackle global challenges, including topics of global citizenship and international migration. It is organized by the Global Challenges Foundation, Stockholm, May 27-29.

Apr 24, 2018

Conference: Global Individual Responsibility, LMU

The aim of the workshop is to develop scholarly insights about the role of individuals in the integration of newcomers. Analysing the case of refugee integration from philosophical, psychological, historical, and legal perspectives will promote a novel understanding of individual responsibility, its potential and its limits.

Apr 23, 2018

Panel Talk: "Constitutional Identity in Europe—Between Recognition and Conflict"

The panel talk seeks to assess the role and political effects of the concept of "constitutional identity" in EU and in domestic law. The core question is, to what extent this concept either produces new conflicts or helps ensuring recognition of plural constitutional traditions and concepts in the EU. Details available here.

Apr 18, 2018

Attachment and Belonging: Assessing the Borders and Boundaries of Citizenship

In 1955, the International Court of Justice ruled that citizenship requires a genuine link between a state and a citizen—“a legal bond having as its basis a social fact of attachment.” More than 60 years have passed, is the genuine link doctrine still a good law, or has it become anachronistic? The Roundtable addresses fundamental dilemmas relating to membership and belonging, genuine ties and instrumental citizenship.

Apr 17, 2018

Max Weber Lecture: "Mobility and Immobility—Migrants and Refugees"

Please join us for the Max Weber Lecture of Alexander Aleinikoff (The New School) on “Mobility and Immobility: Migrants and Refugees,” April 18, EUI Florence. 

Mar 21, 2018

Second Meeting: Migration, Citizenship, and Democracy Workshop

This series of workshops seeks to rethink the concepts of democracy and citizenship, the changes to the empirical and normative landscape brought about by migration, and the ethical dilemmas that these changes entail. The second workshop was hosted at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. It addressed concepts of mobility and migration and the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees.

Mar 25, 2018

Follow our Online Debate: "Cloud Communities: The Dawn of Global Citizenship?"

Existing attempts to create “cloud communities” already offer non-territorial forms of political membership, remodel the way people think about sovereignty, and challenge the definition of the state as we know it—as a legal entity that must have a physical territory and a centralised governance. Are we ready to embrace the global citizenship that new technologies offer to us? The debate is available here.

Mar 09, 2018

Call: 2nd European Junior Faculty Forum for Public Law and Jurisprudence

The 2018 European Junior Faculty Forum is jointly organized by the European University Institute, the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and LSE Law. This year's European Junior Faculty Forum will be held at the European University Institute in Florence on July 12-13, 2018. The CfP is available here:


Feb 26, 2018

Digital Citizenship: The Impact of New Technologies on the Future of Citizenship

Technological advances will change the way we think of communities and identities, membership and belonging, borders and boundaries. Orgad's talk will discuss how can technology remodel the essence of citizenship, bring about new citizenship regimes, and redefine the demos.


Feb 21, 2018

Orgad has joined the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies

"The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) is a joint graduate school of Freie Universität Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center. It offers a rigorous and dynamic English-language Ph.D. programme for exceptionally talented graduate students.


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