Statelessness Working Paper Series

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion manages a Statelessness Working Paper Series. This online, open access resource offers an avenue for centralising and sharing the latest knowledge, developments, and research findings on statelessness from multiple fields (including, but not limited to law, sociology, history, economics and health), to inform a more effective response to the issue globally. In accordance with our mission to be an expert, partner and catalyst for action to address statelessness, we have established the Statelessness Working Paper Series to facilitate the flow of knowledge and information between actors engaged with the issue across different contexts, countries and disciplines. We aim to publish two editions each year, with several working papers each time - one in June and one in December.

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Fourth Edition: June 2017

Re-imagining Myanmar Citizenship in Times of Transition (2017/01)

This paper by José-María Arraiza explores how a revision of Myanmar’s nationality law—which implies the re-imagining and re-conceptualisation of nationhood in Myanmar—can allow non-nationals living in Myanmar to become full citizens.

Statelessness in India (2017/02)

This paper by Asha Bangar discusses the problem of statelessness in the Indian context by examining its nationality laws in light of international standards, and also explores how the current law can give rise to situations of stateless in India.

Addressing the Risk of Statelessness in Chile: From Strategic Litigation to #Chilereconoce (2017/03)

This paper by Delfina Lawson and Macarena Rodriguez explores the process of litigating through legal clinics to help children acquire nationality. It also addresses some of the challenges that still remain in Chile for the complete eradication of statelessness.

Childhood Statelessness Prevention in the Migratory Context: The Experience of Syrian Asylum Seekers in Belgium (2017/04)

This paper by Justine Raymond seeks to identify how Belgian laws and their implementation can effectively prevent statelessness among children of asylum seekers from Syria who are born in Belgium.

Third Edition: December 2016

Rethinking the Advocacy Tools of the EU in Exporting Legal Principles to the MENAT Region to Tackle Childhood Statelessness (2016/05)

This paper by Katalin Berényi reflects the potential advocacy tools of the EU in reducing childhood statelessness beyond its borders, with a special focus on Syria and those MENAT countries (Middle East and North Africa + Turkey) that host and/or produce stateless populations due to biased nationality laws and deficient civil registration practices.

The Enduring Relevance of Arendt’s Understanding of the Harm of Statelessness (2016/06)

This paper by James Draper examines Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the harm of statelessness, exploring how it can illuminate our understanding of statelessness today.

Chronology of Policies Affecting Potentially Stateless Persons and Refugees in Malaysia (2016/07)

This paper by Tamara Joan Duraisingam offers the reader an appreciation of snippets of policies affecting asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons of Malaysia.

Born of the Islamic State: Addressing Discrimination in Nationality Provision through a Rule of Law Framework (2016/08)

This paper by Sean Lees argues that the rule of law provides a conceptual framework to help rationalize and strengthen approaches towards addressing statelessness, particularly in cases involving discrimination in nationality provisions.

Second Edition: June 2016

Empowering Refugee Women: Policy Prescription from a Field Survey in Bangladesh (2016/01)

This paper by Dorothy Khan explores the parameters of microfinance programs for stateless Rohingya women in Bangladesh and whether these programs foster empowerment.

Statelessness Displaced: Update on Syria’s Stateless Kurds (2016/02)

This paper by Thomas McGee provides a case study update on the situation of Ajanib and Maktumeen Kurds from Syria, focusing on their forced displacement.

Nationality: Romani; Citizenship: European (2016/03)

This paper by Maylis de Verneuil explores the evolution of the concept of EU citizenship in order to determine what scope there is for using this as a tool for greater inclusion of stateless Roma.

How does statelessness affect the ‘right to health’? An examination of the stateless Rohingya in Rakhine State, Myanmar (2016/04)

This paper by Melanie Waite seeks to fill the existing gap in the literature on the relationship between statelessness and the right to health, focusing on the situation of the Rohingya as a case study.

First Edition: December 2015

Statelessness in the GCC: Gender discrimination beyond nationality law (2015/01)

This paper by Betsy L. Fisher looks at the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, discussing three ways in which discrimination in the basis of gender and birth status can create statelessness—beyond nationality law.

Gender discrimination in Nepal and how statelessness hampers identity formation (2015/02)

This paper by Susann Rothe argues that the effect of holding a citizenship extends beyond a formal individual-state relation, illustrating that statelessness impacts the identity formation of affected persons through several internal and external factors.

Statelessness at the United Nations Compensation Commission (2015/03)

This paper by Maria Jose Recalde Vela explores the issue of redress for internationally wrongful acts, where it is the state of nationality that has the duty to request redress for the violations incurred by its nationals through diplomatic protection - excluding stateless persons.

Acts of citizenship and alternative perspectives on voice among stateless Vietnamese children in Cambodia (2015/04)

This paper by Charlie Rumsby gives a fresh perspective on the international response to statelessness, characterised by attempts to provide the stateless with legal protection and an ability to have access to the same rights as citizens.

Contributing to the Working Paper Series

We warmly welcome contributions from around the world for our Statelessness Working Paper Series. The deadline for consideration in the next cycle (June 2018) is 15 March 2017. Below are all the details of how to contribute.


Contributions are welcomed from both scholars and practitioners, at any stage of their career. Research papers may present the findings of studies relating to statelessness in any discipline and may offer a discussion of theoretical/conceptual issues or an analysis of on-the-ground realities. Policy papers may report and comment on developments in the area of statelessness-related law, policy or programming. Papers may focus on a specific country or population, or provide a comparative, regional or global perspective on the issue. Contributions may be made on any theme, but specific calls for nominations may also request/prioritise particular thematic areas.

There are two types of submission possible:

1. Short papers. These are up to 2,500 words in length and provide either a brief exploration of an emerging or potential area of research, or commentary on new developments.

2. Full papers. These are up to 7,500 words in length and offer a detailed presentation of research findings or provide a longer (e.g. comparative, historic) discussion of developments.

All law and policy papers must demonstrate a sound understanding of statelessness as defined under international law and place the discussion in this light. Non-legal contributions are encouraged to relate their analysis to the international law definition of statelessness “a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law”, so as to maximize their potential law and policy impact. All papers must offer an objective, well-reasoned analysis; clearly reference all sources used; and be written in accurate English. Papers that do not satisfy this quality threshold will not be considered.


Submissions can be made at any time but papers will, in principle, be reviewed in two cycles each year. The deadline for consideration in the next cycle is 15 September 2017. Authors can expect to receive feedback on their submission within 6 weeks from this date. If you would like to discuss the fit of your paper in the Statelessness Working Paper Series or have other inquiries, please do not hesitate to write to us. Submissions and questions should be addressed to

Instructions to authors

Papers should respect the word limits indicated (short papers – 2,500 words; full papers – 7,500 words), use standard British English and be fully referenced using footnotes. Further style guidelines will be made available by mid July. Authors should include the following items on the title page(s) of their working paper submission:

- Title

- Author(s) details: full names of all authors, including title and affiliation

- Author(s) email address(es)

- Author(s) biography: maximum of 80 words per author

- Abstract of the paper: maximum of 200 words

- Keywords: between 5 and 10 keywords indicating the content of the paper

- Wordcount

The Statelessness Working Paper Series is fully Open Access. Selected papers will be published digitally on this website and will be advertised in our monthly bulletin. Click here for the full Style Guide for Authors.

Managing Editors

The Institute is proud to have the support of Ms Caia Vlieks and Ms Maria Jose Recalde Vela as Managing Editors of the Working Paper Series.

Caia Vlieks (LLM, cum laude) is a PhD researcher at Tilburg University. Her research focuses on statelessness in Europe, which also was the topic of both of her prize-winning master’s theses. Her previous relevant experience includes a position as articles editor with a law review.

Maria Jose Recalde Vela holds an LLM in international and European law and an MSc in Victimology and Criminal Justice, both from Tilburg University. She is currently enrolled in the Research Master program at the same university.

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