“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


The blog entries represent the views of the authors but not those of the Network, unless otherwise noted.

  • The counter-productiveness of deprivation of nationality as a national security measure

    18 March 2020 | Dr. Christophe Paulussen, Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut & Dr. Laura van Waas, Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

    This week, and after two and half years of research involving 60 international experts, a set of Principles on Deprivation of Nationality as a National Security Measure are launched. These Principles clarify the international legal obligations that states must comply with, if they take or consider taking steps to strip a person of their citizenship, including in a counter-terrorism context.

  • Le Conseil d'État

    Can a Palestinian refugee enjoy the status of a stateless person? A French perspective

    13 March 2020 | Giulia Bittoni, Lawyer Linguist, Court of Justice of the European Union

    This article solely reflects the personal opinion of the author and does not express the views of the Court of Justice, neither the views of other European Union Institutions

  • Eloisa - formerly a stateless person living in Costa Rica

    Born at the age of 70

    5 March 2020 | Maria Julia Cerdas, former member of the stateless division for Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    As a young teenager in the 1950s, Eloisa was abandoned in Costa Rica. She found herself in a Central American country that she'd never been to before, and in a place where she hadn't known anyone. Now, when asked about her past, Eloisa can recall only vague memories of her childhood – she does not know where she was born, who her family was, and how she came to Costa Rica. She believes that she may have been born in Honduras, but she is not sure. The only thing she remembers with certainty is the cold and the fear of being alone.

  • Photo credit: Street life in Aleppo, Syria; Thomas McGee

    Statelessness among Syria’s displaced: Still unidentified

    27 February 2020 | Zahra Albarazi, independent human rights lawyer & activist and Thomas McGee, PhD Researcher at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

    A longer version of this blogpost was published in the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration in January 2020

  • Bulgaria: Celebrating progress and staying vigilant about remaining gaps

    20 February 2020 | Magdalena Miteva and Valeria Ilareva, Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR

    Since Bulgaria ratified both the 1954 and the 1961 Statelessness Conventions in 2012, it has made significant progress in its treatment of stateless people.

  • North Macedonia takes important first step towards ending statelessness

    14 February 2020 | Jonathan Lee, European Roma Rights Centre

    On 3 January North Macedonia officially acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, joining 74 other countries which have pledged to take measures to eliminate statelessness in their territories.

  • Birthright citizenship and children born in a conflict zone

    5 February 2020 | Eva Ersbøll – Lawyer and Senior Researcher, ENS Associate Member

    As of 1 February 2020, an amendment to the Danish citizenship act means that a child born to a Danish parent who has unlawfully entered or stays in a ‘conflict zone’ will not acquire Danish citizenship by birth. A conflict zone is defined in Danish criminal law as an area where a terrorist organisation is party to an armed conflict and where there is a ban on entry and stay without prior permission or creditable purpose.

  • Photo by Adrián Tormo on Unsplash

    Burden of proof in statelessness cases and the meaning of “by operation of its law”

    31 January 2020 | Alison Harvey, Barrister at No5 Chambers

    The UK’s practice of depriving persons of their British citizenship when they are outside its territory belies its assurance, in the form of a duly issued passport, that it will take back its miscreant citizenry and not inflict them on other states. The practice has been highlighted in the Shamima Begum case where a British child travelled to Syria to join Daesh and was stripped of her British citizenship while there.

  • Photo: Zairon CC BY-SA 4.0 - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stra%C3%9Fburg_Europ%C3%A4ischer_Gerichtshof_f%C3%BCr_Menschenrechte_1.jpg

    Mennesson v France and 2019 ECtHR advisory opinion concerning the recognition in domestic law of a legal parent

    23 January 2020 | Adam Weiss, Director of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)

    ** This is an edited version of a longer article first published in the Statelessness and Citizenship Review. Thanks to Adam and SCR for their permission to re-publish.

  • Fresh opportunities to tackle statelessness through a new Council of Europe led initiative

    16 January 2020 | Chris Nash – Director, European Network on Statelessness

    We start 2020 facing uncertainty in many parts of the globe. One source of uncertainty for us here in Europe, is the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union on 31 January. It’s too early to say if Brexit will accelerate unilateralist trends and seemingly ever-greater fragmentation at a global level. Or indeed, how such trends may impact on human rights, including those of stateless people.