39. The implications under international law of the inability to renounce a second nationality

In this advisory report, the Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law (CAVV) discusses the question of whether, and to what extent, the automatic conferral of nationality on persons belonging to a third generation and subsequent descendants of emigrants is compatible with international law. It also examines the remedies that are available under international law to citizens who are adversely affected by this, and looks at which intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) are equipped to facilitate multilateral dialogue on the issue.

The request for advice focuses specifically on the situation of Dutch nationals with a second nationality that has been acquired automatically as a result of their descent from a parent with a non-Dutch nationality.

The CAVV makes a number of recommendations, including suggestions on how and where steps could be taken to address the issues discussed through multilateral dialogue.