“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Eric Fripp

Eric Fripp is a barrister practicing in asylum, immigration, and nationality work, and more widely in public law and human rights cases. He is cited as a Leading Junior in Chambers UK and the UK Legal 500 and listed in the Best Lawyers in the UK. A longstanding focus of his work concerns the interrelation of statelessness with international, European, and domestic laws concerning refugee status.  Important past cases include ST (Ethnic Eritrean- nationality- return) Ethiopia CG [2011] UKUT 00252 (IAC) (deprivation of nationality by Ethiopia from 1998), MA (Ethiopia) [2009] EWCA Civ 289; [2010] INLR 1 (question not how claimant would be treated if returned to country of former nationality, but whether she faced exclusion which prevented her return), and EB (Ethiopia) [2007] EWCA Civ 809; [2009] QB 1, (1951 Refugee Convention covers adverse measures including, where a Convention reason arises, arbitrary deprivation of nationality and attached rights).

He is statelessness contact person for the Fahamu Refugee Resource Centre. He is the Editor (with Rowena Moffatt and Ellis Wilford) of The Law and Practice of Expulsion and Exclusion from the United Kingdom (Hart, 2014), and sole author of Nationality and Statelessness in the International Law of Refugee Status (Hart, 2016).