San Diego Law Review


Alan G. James

Library of Congress Authority File


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This Article, authored by the Chairman of the Board of Appellate Review, traces the origins and development of the Board of Appellate Review and examines its role as the adjudicator of appeals from the Department of State's administrative determinations of loss of nationality. The author examines various administrative and judicial decisions, focusing on the role of the appellate process in loss of nationality proceedings, and examines whether a citizen who performed a statutory expatriating act intended to relinquish "man's most basic right:" citizenship.