“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Dr. Judith Beyer

Judith Beyer is a legal and political anthropologist based at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Her publications on the anthropology of the state, constitutional politics, authority, legal pluralism and further topics such as well-being, descent and values are based on long-term fieldwork in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar). Judith Beyer is currently working on a research proposal on the topic of statelessness in the frame of a larger research initiative provisionally entitled “The borders of administering.” The project will involve up to three PhD students who are scheduled to carry out long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia, the Bay of Bengal and Europe from late 2017 onwards.  Judith also produces country of origin expert reports for British asylum cases, in which she regularly encounters statelessness.