Edited Collection “Solving Statelessness”

As the #IBelong Campaign enters its third year, it has become evident that making meaningful progress towards the goal of ending statelessness demands a more ambitious approach to the whole statelessness debate. While research projects, mapping studies and doctrinal discussions have helped to clarify the challenges faced and our understanding of what is at stake, it is time to move beyond stocktaking to inspire solutions. “Solving Statelessness”, a new book co-edited by Laura van Waas (Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion) and Melanie Khanna (UNHCR’s Chief of Statelessness Section), seeks to do just that. Twenty-five experts from academia, civil society and UNHCR have collaborated to produce fourteen essays which all approach statelessness from a solutions perspective. Click here to order the book online from Wolf Legal Publishers (€39.95 plus postage).

“Understanding statelessness in the Syria refugee context” - Research report and toolkit

What factors are complicating access to Syrian nationality and why is this a problem? Which children are most at risk of becoming stateless? What is the situation of refugees from Syria who were already stateless, prior to the conflict, and remain so in exile? How is the regional refugee response addressing these questions? What more could be done to mitigate the impact of statelessness on the refugees from Syria and protect the right of refugee children to Syrian nationality? The Norwegian Refugee Council and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion undertook research and developed a Toolkit to help refugee practitioners explore these questions. The Toolkit (accessible online here) draws on extensive consultations with humanitarian actors operating in the region, international refugee law and statelessness experts and displaced persons. It offers a collection of information and resources designed to help practitioners in the field to quickly and easily find answers to questions about statelessness in the Syria refugee context. It contains explanatory texts, factsheets, case studies, good practice examples and training videos. The toolkit is relevant both to practitioners working in the region and to those working with Syrian refugees around the world. Click here to download the research report.

Addressing the right to a nationality though the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Institute is committed to helping to promote children’s right to a nationality and this forms one of our five thematic priorities. As part of this work, the Institute has developed a civil society toolkit, to strengthen engagement on children's right to a nationality with the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Download the full toolkit as a PDF here or explore the toolkit online, including interactive components such as maps, a reporting template and the analytical database of concluding observations via

Flagship publications “The World’s Stateless”

The flagship biennial publication of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, “The World’s Stateless” is an academic standard report authored and edited by the Institute. The first issue of the report focuses on statelessness and statistics. It was published in December 2014. Click here to download the report. Or you can click here to order a hard copy by print-on-demand with Wolf Legal Publishers.

The second issue of the report was published in January 2017 and explores the urgency of and opportunities for addressing childhood statelessness. Besides a general overview of the state of statelessness across the globe in 2017, the publication contains over 50 contributions – essays, interviews, photographs and more - by individual experts and organisations working in the field. Together these deal with a variety of dimensions of childhood statelessness, including chapters on exploring the right to a nationality, challenges in the context of migration and displacement, the significance of the Sustainable Development Agenda, the mechanics of safeguards against statelessness for children, and litigation, legal assistance and other forms of mobilisation as strategies to tackle childhood statelessness. Click here to download the report. Or click here to explore the material online. Hard copies can be purchased from Wolf Legal Publishers in the near future.

Childhood Statelessness in South Africa

This booklet by Lawyers for Human Rights and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion presents the experiences of nine children who have been let down by the system, denied their right to acquire a nationality and rendered stateless in South Africa. The many issues that come to rise through their stories and the proposed solutions were brought to the attention of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) by Lawyers for Human Rights and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion in a joint submission to the Committee in 2015. click here to download the booklet.

"International Statelessness Law: Pocket edition"

To help anyone who is working on issues relating to nationality and statelessness to effectively use the international legal framework, the Institute has created a pocket edition of the relevant texts and instruments. This small booklet contains the full text of the two UN statelessness conventions, relevant extracts from international and regional human rights documents and some other key resources. It was developed in collaboration with our partner, Wolf Legal Publishers, and can be ordered online here.

Statelessness and Displacement

This scoping paper on the interaction between statelessness and forced displacement is the result of collaboration between the Norwegian Refugee Council and Tilburg University. The paper was researched and drafted by the Institute's Senior Researcher Zahra Albarazi and co-Director Dr. Laura van Waas, with input from NRC offices from around the world. Read the full scoping paper here. You can also find a short briefing note outlining the content of the paper here.

"The nexus between statelessness and human trafficking. The example of Thailand"

A Tilburg University research project, led by Institute co-Director Dr. Laura van Waas in collaboration with Dr. Conny Rijken, Dr. Martin Gramatikov and Ms. Deirdre Brennan, looking at the nexus between statelessness and human trafficking has resulted in two publications. The first is a methodology report, outlining how a study was designed which enables the interaction between statelessness and human trafficking to be explored: i.e. are stateless persons more vulnerable to becoming victims of human trafficking? The second report outlines in detail the findings of research among the hill tribe population in northern Thailand in which this methodology was applied. Click here to download the methodology report and Click here to download the Thailand research report.

Submissions to (UN) human rights mechanisms

The Institute also actively engages with international human rights mechanisms, in particular the UN's Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Body procedures. You can access our submissions on the human rights engagement page »