One result of the virtually complete liberty of action of states in relation to nationality is that an individual may possess the nationality of more than one state under their respective laws. Although occasional judicial pronouncements may be found to the effect that the common law, or English law, does not countenance multiple nationality1, such statements are misconceived and it is clear that the phenomenon must have been perfectly familiar not only to administrative authorities but also to the courts for some centuries2. To the extent that the voluntary acquisition of another
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