“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


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  • The right to a legal identity or the right to a legal ID?

    1 May 2015

    Proposed target 16.9 of the soon-to-be-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reads: Provide legal identity to all, including birth registration, by 2030. Sounds good! But… what does this actually mean? How can states “provide” legal identity? What is it? If it “includes” birth registration, is that (alone) sufficient or is something else/more needed?

  • Statelessness in Ireland – international obligations and national reality

    22 April 2015

    Ireland has adopted a somewhat incoherent approach in matters related to international conventions.  Sometimes, Ireland will not sign or ratify a convention, for example, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, until it can comply with the relevant obligations.

  • Do stateless people have a right to die?

    15 April 2015

    It was in October last year (2014) when Tereza, the long-term partner of my stateless client, came to my office and said to me: “Roman is in hospital and it is serious, doctors say...“. She started to cry.

    Roman and Tereza had spent over 14 years together, most of that time on the street or in homeless shelters. Tereza is a Slovak citizen. She is almost blind and unable to work because she is severely disabled. Roman was from Kosovo: he had no documents, no residence permit in Slovakia, and therefore no right to get married.

  • Jus Soli: A miraculous solution to prevent statelessness?

    9 April 2015

    Granting nationality at birth to children born on the territory of a country – the “jus soli” principle – is often seen as an effective tool to prevent statelessness. Jus soli has been hardly used in most European countries for centuries, but in recent decades, an increasing number of European states have introduced limited and/or conditional jus soli provisions in their law. This blog piece tries to explore the impact of this development on statelessness prevention and what Europe can learn from other regions in this respect.

  • Thoughts on Strategic Litigation: Can EU law prevent and reduce Roma statelessness in Europe?

    2 April 2015

    The Court of Justice famous weighed in several years ago on the relevance of EU law to situations where EU citizens are made stateless (Case C-135/08, Rottmann).

  • Stateless persons in Iceland, rarer than the Northern Lights?

    25 March 2015

    Iceland, with a population of 322,000 people, is about 1500 kilometers away from its closest neighbor on the European continent. It is a land of volcanoes, geysers, hot pools and the beautiful Northern Lights. Not an easy country to reach, and yet, a number of migrants manage to find their way to the island every year. They come to work or to study, and some come seeking asylum. Are any of them stateless?

  • Informal settlement in central Serbia

    The case of Zoja - I am no longer legally invisible, but I remain invisible in the eyes of the state where I was born and where I have lived for 34 years

    18 March 2015

    There is no doubt that the procedure for determining the time and place of birth established by the Law on Amendments to the Law on Non-Contentious Procedure, constitutes great progress towards solving the...

  • Four reasons why the Americas could become the first region to prevent and eradicate Statelessness

    11 March 2015

    Last year three key events took place in the Americas that highlighted the commitment of the international community, civil society and states to end Statelessness in the region. The conversations and developments that took place at these events will hopefully turn Statelessness in the region into a distant memory. Here are the top four reasons why:

  • Change is in the air: An update on efforts to tackle statelessness in the Netherlands

    6 March 2015

    Whoever tells you that writing a doctorate thesis implies wasting four years of your life in the library is probably not researching statelessness in the Netherlands. Even if I wanted to lock myself up in an ivory tower, the cascade of events and developments in politics, legislation and civil society would lure me out.

  • Hungarian Constitutional Court declares that lawful stay requirement in statelessness determination breaches international law

    2 March 2015

    Until now, only lawfully staying persons could initiate a statelessness determination procedure in Hungary. After nearly eight years of struggle against this unlawful and unreasonable restriction, the Hungarian Constitutional Court last week declared it unconstitutional (for breaching international law) and deleted this restrictive provision from the law.


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