“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.

  • Gender discrimination and statelessness in Europe

    29 May 2012 | Laura van Waas, Statelessness Programme

    Discrimination is one of the major underlying causes of statelessness around the world. An unequal right for men and women to acquire, retain or transmit citizenship is one form that discrimination can take in nationality legislation. Where such gender inequality is found, the risk of statelessness – especially for women and children – is severely heightened.

  • Generations without Nationality

    24 May 2012 | By: Milijana Trifkovic, Legal Analyst, Praxis

    Two statelessness-related events took place in Belgrade this April, with an aim to greet Serbia’s recent accession to the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and once again remind the public of the problem of persons not recognized as citizens of any country.

  • ECHR and citizenship: The case of Genovese v. Malta

    11 October 2011 | Sebastian Köhn

    The European Court of Human Rights today issued a decision in the case of Genovese v. Malta. It found that there had been a violation of article 14 in conjunction with article 8. The case was submitted to the Court almost exactly two years ago and concerns a young man who was born out of wedlock to a British mother and a Maltese father.

  • Why the 1961 Convention on Statelessness Matters

    30 August 2011 | Sebastian Köhn

    Today the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness turns 50. A happy occasion? In many ways, yes. The 1961 convention provides a blueprint for the reduction—possibly the elimination—of statelessness globally. It’s one effort by the international community to help the more than 12 million people around the world who have no nationality anywhere.


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