Statelessness is a global phenomenon that currently affects as many as 12 million people worldwide. New cases continue to arise every day as states struggle with the challenge of ensuring that everyone enjoys a nationality. For those who find themselves stateless, the lack of a nationality commonly obstructs access to a wide range of other rights, to detrimental effect. Moreover, the harsh impact that statelessness has on the lives of individuals and the fabric of communities may contribute to social tension, forced displacement and even conflict.
The past few years have seen a growing acknowledgement of the true magnitude and impact of statelessness. However, much work remains to be done in terms of developing a full understanding of the phenomenon and building the required capacity to address it. It is against this background that in the spring of 2011, Tilburg Law School launched the Statelessness Program.
The goal of the Statelessness Program is to fulfil the need for a sustainable centre of expertise, which is dedicated to research, training and outreach in this fascinating field. With this complementary three-pillar approach, the Statelessness
Program aims to:
- engage in and provide support for research on statelessness;
- promote academic education and professional training on statelessness;
- engage in public debate and inform policy development by international, governmental, advocacy and service organisations.
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Statelessness Special Issue of Tilburg Law Review available online now!
To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and get a head start on the rich and interdisciplinary debate that can be expected at the Global Forum on Statelessness this September, the Tilburg Law Review has dedicated a Special Issue to statelessness. Its collection of thirty short articles explore statelessness from very diverse angles – from climate change to Corporate Social Responsibility; from microfinance schemes to human trafficking; and from surrogacy arrangements to victimology. The Special Issue is introduced with a joint contribution from UNHCR’s Senior Legal Coordinator (Statelessness), Mark Manly, and Tilburg University’s Statelessness Program Manager, Laura van Waas, which explores the overall state of statelessness research today. Thanks to the generosity of Tilburg Law Review publisher BRILL, the full text of this Statelessness Special Issue can be accessed online for free throughout 2014. Visit the Tilburg Law Review website here to browse the table of contents and click on the links to access individual articles.
Statelessness Program joins Center of Excellence, Intervict
The Statelessness Program has moved. We are still a part of Tilburg Law School, but we have now joined the Centre of Excellence, Intervict. This stands for the International Victimology Institute Tilburg and it is a thriving, interdisciplinary research centre with a strong international reputation. The research program looks at victimology in the broadest sense and aims to broaden our knowledge of victims of crime and abuse of power. We are very pleased with our new home, where we have already received a warm welcome from the friendly, passionate and international team of researchers. We strongly believe that there is a need for a more interdisciplinary approach to the study of statelessness, as there are so many things we have yet to fully understand about, for example, the psychological or societal impacts of statelessness. We look forward to working with our new colleagues in the months and years to come to pursue this work.
‘Early bird’ registration open for Global Forum on Statelessness
Online registration for the First Global Forum on Statelessness is now open! This international event, organised by Tilburg University and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will take place from 15 – 17 September 2014 at the Peace Palace in the Hague. It is open to researchers, policymakers, NGO advocates, lawyers, stateless people and other interested parties. As presenters and panel topics are confirmed in the coming weeks, more details of the program will be announced through the Global Forum website. An ‘early bird’ registration fee is applicable for everyone who signs up by March 15th. Click here to go directly to the online registration page.
Apply now for Statelessness Summer Course 2014
The third edition of the Tilburg University Statelessness Summer Course will take place from 4 – 8 August 2014. The course aims to consider statelessness and the right to nationality from various angles. It will deal with legal and policy issues associated with statelessness. The course is open to anyone with experience in working on issues related to citizenship and statelessness, or significant experience in a related field such as minority rights, migration, forced displacement or child protection and an interest in the issue of statelessness. To apply for a place, please send us your CV and a completed application form by the 1st of April. Full details of the course can be found here.