Christian Kälin

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Christian Kälin
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Kalin at the Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Dubai, 2015
Christian H. Kälin

1971 (age 49–50)
Alma materUniversity of Zurich
OccupationLawyer, author, editor, entrepreneur, humanitarian
TitleChairman, Henley & Partners

Christian H. Kälin (born 1971) is a Swiss lawyer, author and the chairman of Henley & Partners, a firm that specializes in helping clients acquire alternative residence and citizenship.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Kälin was born in 1971 in Zurich. In his teenage years, he began collecting immigration and citizenship laws from different countries, writing to embassies to request copies of their legislations and keeping the documents in a big binder. He told writer and journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian of this time in his life: "What always fascinated me was the inclusionary and exclusionary aspect of citizenship [...] I wanted to understand how different countries handled this."[3] Kälin studied in Paris, Auckland and Zurich and earned master's and PhD degrees in law from the University of Zurich.[4] His doctoral thesis was published under the title Ius Doni: The Acquisition of Citizenship by Investment. In the thesis, he wrote in support of citizenship by investment, arguing that it "creates social and economic development opportunities for States."[5] He also coined the term ius doni, referring to people who gain citizenship through investment.[6]


Kälin is the chairman of Henley & Partners.[7]

He is known for pioneering the concept of "citizenship-by-investment", whereby people can acquire citizenship in return for investing in a country of which they are not a national.[8]

Kälin and Henley & Partners have worked with the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Australia, Cyprus, Greece, Grenada, Malta, Montenegro, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Thailand.[9] Kälin states that "citizenship is inherently unjust".[9]

In 2007, Kälin worked with the Government of St Kitts and Nevis to reform their Citizenship-by-Investment program and to initiate the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation impacting the economic transition away from the shuttered sugar industry.[8]

Kälin was the lead consultant in the creation and implementation of the Citizenship-by-Investment program of Antigua and Barbuda in 2013. In 2014, Kälin was appointed chairman of Henley & Partners following many years in different senior roles at the firm.[8]


  • Switzerland Business and Investment Handbook (John Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, US, 2006)[10][11]
  • Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook[10]
  • Kälin – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index[10]
  • International Real Estate Handbook (Christian H. Kälin, Andrew J. Taylor)[12]
  • Anti-Money Laundering (Christian H. Kälin, Wouter H. Muller, John G. Goldsworth)[13]
  • Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2017–2018: The Definitive Comparison of the Leading Investment Migration Programs (Christian H. Kälin) for Henley & Partners[14]
  • Ius Doni: The Acquisition of Citizenship by Investment by Christian H. Kälin[15]
  • 'Investment Migration: The New Competitive Edge' (Christian H. Kälin) in The International Family Offices Journal (December 2017)[16]
  • 'New Citizenship Options Will Open Up' (Christian H. Kälin) in the 2017 Knight Frank Wealth Report[17]
  • 'Only as Strong as Their Weakest Link' (Christian H. Kälin) in the 2018 Knight Frank Wealth Report[18]
  • 'Swiss Companies in International Tax Planning' (Christian H. Kälin) in Trust and Trustees, volume 11, issue 10 (October 2005)
  • A Guide to Investment Migration for Governments and Global Citizens (Christian H. Kälin) for Henley & Partners, in partnership with The Economist Group (April 2018)[19]
  • 'Malta's Due Diligence Will Become the Global Standard' (Christian H. Kälin) for Investment Migration Insider (May 2018)[20]
  • 'Consolidation Will Drive the Industry Forward' (Christian H. Kälin) for the 2018/2019 Investment Migration Yearbook[21]
  • Ius Doni in International Law and EU Law by Christian H. Kälin[22]


  1. ^ "This Swiss Lawyer Is Helping Governments Get Rich Off Selling Passports". 11 March 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Revealed: Cambridge Analytica and the Passport King - The Spectator". 31 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  3. ^ Atossa Araxia Abraham (2015). The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen. ISBN 978-0990976363.
  4. ^ Abrahamian, Atossa Araxia (29 October 2015). "Passport Bubble". The New Republic. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  5. ^ Ius Doni - the acquisition of citizenship by investment. OCLC 958587778.
  6. ^ Barrett, Jonathan M. (2019). "Duty Free Citizenship: The Case of Peter Thiel". SSRN 3494881.
  7. ^ "My email to Christian Kalin of Henley & Partners right now - Daphne Caruana Galizia's Notebook - Running Commentary". 12 May 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "The Passport King". 11 March 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via
  9. ^ a b "[WATCH] 'Citizenship is inherently unjust' says passport king Christian Kalin". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Dr. Christian H. Kälin - Henley & Partners". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  11. ^ Hoyt L. Barber (31 July 2011). Freedom Without Borders: How to Invest, Expatriate, and Retire Overseas for Personal and Financial Success. ABC-CLIO. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-0-313-39391-4.
  12. ^ Kalin, Christian H.; Taylor, Andrew J. (1 December 2015). Kälin, Christian H. (ed.). "International Real Estate Handbook". Ideos Publications Ltd – via Amazon.
  13. ^ Muller, Wouter H.; Kalin, Christian H.; Goldsworth, John G., eds. (5 June 2007). Anti-Money Laundering: International Law and Practice. Wiley. ISBN 978-0470033197.
  14. ^ Partners, Henley &, ed. (31 October 2017). Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2017-2018: The Definitive Comparison of the Leading Investment Migration Programs. Ideos Verlag AG. ISBN 978-0993586682.
  15. ^ Kälin, Christian H. (19 June 2018). Ius Doni : the acquisition of citizenship by investment. Ideos Publications Limited. ISBN 9780993586637 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ "The International Family Offices Journal".
  17. ^ "The Wealth Report".
  18. ^ "The Wealth Report 2018 - Download".
  19. ^ "Henley & Partners". Henley & Partners.
  20. ^ ""Malta's Due Diligence Will Become the Global Standard" - Interview with Chris Kälin, Part 2 - Investment Migration Insider". 14 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Investment Migration (IM) Yearbook 2019/2020".
  22. ^ Kälin, Christian H. (27 March 2019). Ius Doni in International Law and EU Law. Brill/Nijhoff. ISBN 9789004357525 – via Brill.