Friday, 27 April 2012

Tilburg University students on Statelessness

This semester, the Statelessness Programme is piloting a course entitled 'Nationality, Statelessness and Human Rights'. During 14 weeks of interactive classes, students explore the phenomenon of statelessness and the role that nationality plays in the contemporary human rights environment. Some of the themes that are looked at in detail include: the prevention of childhood statelessness; discrimination in states' nationality policy; the links between statelessness, displacement and detention; and national and international stakeholders in the field of statelessness. The participating students - over 40 in all - come from a diverse range of backgrounds, both in terms of the main studies (law, liberal arts, psychology - bachelor and masters levels) and countries of origin. This makes for a lively and inspiring learning environment.

Inspired by the Statelessness Programme's own involvement in a brand new project to establish a Global Nationality Law Database, we set our students a special challenge for their mid-term course assignment... Conduct a legal analysis of the nationality law of one of eight pre-selected countries, based on a number of core standards of international law. Having filled in an assessment template, the students were asked to put together all of their findings and present them in a comment piece aimed at a wider, non-technical audience. The students who wrote the best three analyses were invited to review their comment piece in order to prepare it for publication online. The result: three guest posts that we are proud to offer here on our Statelessness Programme Blog. We hope that you enjoy reading them!

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