12 October 2016
Valedictory lecture by Prof. Gerard-René de Groot

'Suspected terrorism is no reason to revoke citizenship'

According to Professor Gerard-René de Groot, revoking the citizenship of Dutch nationals suspected of participating in terrorist organisations is an extraordinarily bad idea. De Groot, a professor of Comparative Law and International Private Law, believes that the bill currently being reviewed by the Dutch House of Representatives is totally unnecessary and can only be understood in terms of political opportunism and proselytism. In his valedictory speech on 14 October, the international expert on nationality law will express his anger at these and other missteps in nationality law. 'You shouldn't undermine the principles of your own legal system because you're afraid of people threatening that system.'