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Olympic and Investor Citizenship: Online Public Lecture

Jelena Dzankic
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 3:40 pm – 5:20 pm


Jelena Dzankic is Part-Time Professor in the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she is Co-Director of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT). She holds a PhD degree in International Studies from the University of Cambridge, and has taught and researched at the University of Edinburgh, University College London, University of Graz, and Passau University. She is the author of the Global Market for Investor Citizenship (Palgrave 2019), a leading study in the field of wealth-based citizenship acquisition.  


The focus of the session is on two special types of citizenship acquisition, namely citizenship by investment and Olympic citizenship. Both of them are commonly extraterritorial, even if based on different grounds for obtaining the passport (money, merit). As a result, they create “long-distance citizens”, i.e. persons who are unlikely to relocate to their new country. We will explore and question the instrumental nature of these special cases of citizenship acquisition, and investigate where they may be located in the debate on the ‘genuine link’ and ‘strategic citizenship’.

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