Common Ownership of the Earth and Immigration: Human Mobility in a Kantian Perspective

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This chapter examines the plausibility of establishing a normative stance on immigration using cosmopolitan theories based on the notion of original common ownership of the earth. First, the Kantian cosmopolitan stance and the (qualified) right to mobility from which this idea is deduced are examined. Then, the common ownership of the earth theory recently proposed by Risse is examined. Though limited in its scope, Kant’s theory allows current legal understandings of immigration to be broadened, both in regards to refugees and certain economic immigrants. For its part, Risse’s theory proves unsuitable for addressing current migratory pressure. Lastly, a more extensive understanding of the right to immigrate is argued for based on a conception of common humanity articulated as an equal opportunity principle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Global Justice
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Global Justice
ISSN (Print)1871-0409
ISSN (Electronic)1871-1456


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