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New York programme on statelessness for academics

In June 2017, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion worked with NYU's Center for Global Affairs and Open Society Justice Initiative to convene an expert meeting on "Citizenship, Statelessness and Inclusion" which brought together academics from around the world who are working in the field of statelessness as well as other relevant fields. The meeting set out to collectively explore how scholars have engaged with statelessness in the past, and how we may achieve a more sustained, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral engagement with the topic going forward. This expert meeting formed part of a broader, week-long programme of activities for academics, which also included an exchange of experiences on teaching statelessness, a dialogue between scholars and practitioners, masterclasses and workshops.

Read the Summary Document of the New York Programme, which includes key outcomes of the Expert Meeting, an overview of some of the central discussions and more.

International Network of Statelessness Scholars (INOSS)

One of the key outcomes of the New York programme was a desire to continue the conversation among academics working on statelessness and related issues, including those who were not in attendance of the meeting, by establishing a dedicated mailing list for circulating new publications, conference announcements, calls for research collaboration, etc. The Listserv International Network of Statelessness Scholarship (INOSS) has been established to facilitate this. Subscribe online via the link or by sending an email to (Subject: Subscribe; Message: SUBSCRIBE INOSS Firstname Lastname).

Advancing teaching on statelessness

Participants in the New York programme also showed a keen interest in encouraging more teaching on statelessness within academia by sharing examples of teaching modules, case studies, syllabi and feedback on different teaching approaches. In time, this exchange may inform the development of a model curriculum and specialised modules for inclusion into related courses (e.g. refugee law, human rights, citizenship studies). A Yammer Group on Teaching Statelessness has been established to facilitate this. Write to to be added to this Yammer group.

The New York programme participants

The New York Expert Meeting on Citizenship, Statelessness and Inclusion (7-8 June 2017) was attended by: Dr. Seth Anziska (Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations at University College of London, UK); Prof. Osamu Arakaki (Professor of International Law at International Christian University, Japan); Mr. Fateh Azzam (Senior Fellow at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, USA); Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha (Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, USA); Dr. Tendayi Bloom (Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University, UK); Prof. Joshua Castellino (Professor of Law and Dean of the Law School and Business School at Middlesex University, UK); Prof. Morag Goodwin (Chair in Global Law and Development at Tilburg University Law School, The Netherlands); Prof. Penny Green (Professor of Law and Globalisation at Queen Mary University of London, UK); Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Distinguished University Professor at Tilburg University and President of the Asser Institute, The Netherlands); Prof. Linda Kerber (May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History Emerita at the University of Iowa, USA); Prof. Audrey Macklin (Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto, Canada); Dr. Sylvia Maier (Clinical Assistant Professor in the Center for Global Affairs at NYU, USA); Dr. Bronwen Manby (Visiting Senior Fellow at London School of Economics, UK); Ms. Gay McDougall (Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, USA); Mr. Alex Munoz (Iraq Country Director for the NYU Center for Global Affairs' Initiative for Peacebuilding though Education, USA/Iraq); Dr. Parivalen K.M. (Chairperson of the Nodal Centre of Excellence for Human Rights Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India); Dr. Nando Sigona (Senior Birmingham Fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, UK); Prof. Peter Spiro (Charles Weiner Chair in International Law at Temple University, USA); Prof. Patrick Weil (Senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France); Dr. Edwin Abuya (Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Nairobi, Kenya); Mr. Ayalew Getachew Assefa (Legal Researcher at the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; PhD candidate the University of Western Cape); Ms. Heather Alexander (External PhD candidate at Tilburg University, the Netherlands); Ms. Sangita Bajulaiye-Jaghai (PhD candidate at Tilburg University, the Netherlands); Dr. Kristy Belton (Director of Professional Development at the International Studies Association, USA); Ms. Natalie Brinham (PhD candidate at Queen Mary, University of London, UK); Dr. Nicky Jones (Lecturer at University of Southern Queensland, Australia); Ms. Jocelyn Kane (PhD candidate at University of Ottawa, Canada); Ms. Barbara von Rütte (PhD candidate at University of Bern, Switzerland); Ms. Katherine Southwick (Visiting Scholar at George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, USA); Dr. Jason Tucker (Post-Doctoral Researcher at Mälmo University, Sweden); and Ms. Caia Vlieks (PhD candidate at Tilburg University, the Netherlands). And on behalf of the organisers: Ms. Laura Bingham (Managing Legal Officer for Equality and Citizenship, Open Society Justice Initiative); Mr Amal de Chickera (Co-Director, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion); Ms. Alice Eckstein (Executive Director of the Center for Global Affairs); Dr. Vera Jelinek (Divisional Dean and Director of NYU Center for Global Affairs); and Dr. Laura van Waas (Co-Director, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion; Assistant Professor at Tilburg University, the Netherlands).