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Dr. Laura van Waas is Assistant Professor at the Department of European and International Law at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands, as well as a founder and Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. Dr. van Waas’ PhD manuscript, ‘Nationality Matters’ (Intersentia, 2008), is widely used as a reference for understanding international statelessness law by researchers and practitioners all over the world, as is the edited collection ‘Nationality and Statelessness under International Law’ which she edited together with Alice Edwards (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In more than a decade of working on statelessness, Laura has carried out a wide array of research and teaching projects, both within academia and for the UN Refugee Agency. She has conducted studies for, among others, Plan International, the OHCHR, Open Society Foundations, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the United States Department of State, the European Parliament and the Norwegian Refugee Council.


Recent publications

  1. Gender discrimination in nationality laws - Human rights pathways to …

    van Waas, L., Al-Barazi, Z., & Brennan, D. (2019). Gender discrimination in nationality laws: Human rights pathways to gender neutrality. In N. Reilly (Ed.), International human rights of women Springer.
  2. All citizens are created equal, but some are more equal than others

    van Waas, L., & Jaghai-Bajulaiye, S. (2018). All citizens are created equal, but some are more equal than others. Netherlands International Law Review, 65(3), 413-430.
  3. Article 15 - The right to a nationality

    van Waas, L. (2018). Article 15: The right to a nationality. In C. Ferstman, A. Goldberg, T. Gray, L. Ison, R. Nathan, & M. Newman (Eds.), Contemporary human rights challenges: The universal declaration of human rights and its continuing relevance (pp. 126-136). (Routledge Research in Human Rights Law). Routledge.
  4. Stateless children

    van Waas, L. (2018). Stateless children. In J. Bhabha, J. Kanics, & D. Senovilla Hernández (Eds.), Research handbook on child migration (pp. 213-228). Edward Elgar.
  5. Statelessness in Asia - An entrenched but solvable problem

    van Waas, L., & de Chickera, A. (2018). Statelessness in Asia: An entrenched but solvable problem. In F. de Varennes, & C. Gardiner (Eds.), Routledge handbook of human rights in Asia (1 ed.). Routledge.

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