Arbitrary deprivation of nationality

The deprivation of nationality on arbitrary grounds is prohibited under international law. However, the laws of many countries continue to deprive both individuals and groups of their nationality on arbitrary grounds, often resulting in statelessness. The Institute will monitor and question such laws, policies and practices around the world.

The Institute intends to develop a short policy paper setting out the circumstances under which deprivation of nationality would be arbitrary and contrary to international law. This paper will build on the findings of the 2013 UNHCR Expert Meeting on “Avoiding statelessness resulting from loss and deprivation of nationality”, at which two of the Institute’s founders participated.