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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Commonwealth, Subjects and Nationality Rules

Laurie Fransman

Subject(s):
Diplomacy and consular relations — Act of state — Jurisdiction of states, nationality principle

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The expression ‘British Commonwealth of Nations’ ( Commonwealth ) was coined in the late 19 th century as self-governing Dominions emerged within the British Empire. Dominion status signified statehood and Dominions thereby differed from self-governing colonies, which had no jurisdiction in respect of foreign policy and defence. Organizationally, the British Commonwealth of Nations emerged from regular Imperial Conferences held in the first half of the 20 th century (see also Decolonization: British Territories ) . 2 An Imperial Conference in 1926 declared the...
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