Past event

Research Event

Statelessness: The Impact of International Law and Current Challenges

Event documents

Meeting Summary
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Participants

Adrian Berry, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Mark Manly, Head of Statelessness Unit, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Dr Laura van Waas, Senior Researcher and Manager, Statelessness Program, Tilburg University
Chair: Laurie Fransman QC, Garden Court Chambers

Overview

In the 60th year of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the UN estimates that globally at least 10 million people are stateless. Without nationality stateless persons find themselves amongst the most vulnerable and marginalized in society. Countries with sizeable stateless populations include Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq, Syria and Latvia.

What measures are being taken to prevent new cases of statelessness and to ensure security and dignity for affected persons? The panel will discuss action at global and state level as well as the framework provided by international law. Issues include the particular impact of gender discrimination in nationality laws as well as new powers in the UK to deprive naturalized citizens of their nationality even if this risks statelessness.

The meeting will coincide with the publication of a briefing paper on the treatment of statelessness under international law.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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