Dates: 17–18 May 2014

Location: Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK



The issue of statelessness has risen considerably on the agenda of the United Nations, regional institutions, governments and civil society. There is also an increasing body of theoretical and empirical research looking at citizenship and lack thereof from various perspectives. It is within this context that the Refugee Studies Centre offers its fourth short course on statelessness and international law, aiming to examine the causes, consequences and remedies for statelessness around the globe.

This two day, non-residential course will be participative and interactive, involving workshops, case studies and lectures by some of the leading experts in this field. The course will include a review of recent developments in empirical research on the causes and consequences of statelessness, new statelessness procedures (in the UK and elsewhere), and jurisprudence on deprivation of nationality.

The course will also cover various thematic areas, including an overview of statelessness today; gender discrimination and statelessness; the politics and ethics of statelessness; the international legal framework governing statelessness; and UNHCR’s statelessness work. Case studies will be drawn from selected regions in Africa, Europe, the Middle East or Southeast Asia.

This programme qualifies for Continuing Professional Development with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (CPD SRA) in the United Kingdom.



·         Amal de Chickera, Head of Statelessness and Nationality Projects, Equal Rights Trust

·         Cathryn Costello, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

·         Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Senior Research Officer, Stateless Diasporas Project, University of Oxford

·         Michelle Foster, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

·         Matthew J. Gibney, Associate Professor of Politics and Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

·         Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Professor of International Refugee Law, All Souls College, University of Oxford

·         Mark Manley, Senior Legal Coordinator (Statelessness), UNHCR

·         Chris Nash, Coordinator, European Network on Statelessness

·         Laura van Waas, Senior Researcher and Manager of the Statelessness Programme, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University



Fee: £350

Deadline for applications: 25 April 2014


Places are limited so we recommend that you apply early.


The fee includes tuition, lunch and all course materials. Participants will need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and arrange any country entry requirements. Instructions for payment of course fee will be sent with your offer of place. Your place will be confirmed once payment has been received. Offers are made on a first-come-first-served basis to suitably qualified and experienced applicants.


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For all enquiries, please contact:

Cathryn Costello

Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law

Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford