The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and The AIRE Centre have filed a third party submission to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Pham v UK, focusing on the obligation to assess whether statelessness or risk of statelessness would result from a decision to deprive a person of their nationality.
The submission analyses key provisions of the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, as well as other international standards relating to persons being deprived of nationality where the person is at risk of being made stateless. In particular, it sets out the definition of a stateless person and its interpretation under international law and related guidance. The submission also summarises States’ obligations to prevent and reduce the risk of statelessness under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to respect for private and family life.
The case had been brought before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in 2015, resulting in a judgment that has been analysed on the ENS blog.