Wednesday, 22 January 2014

A very special Special

The newest edition of the Tilburg Law Review is a Special Issue dedicated in its entirety to the subject of statelessness! Over the last few years, academic interest in statelessness has increased exponentially: research projects and publications are mushrooming and a growing number of scholars from different disciplines are now studying this issue. The statelessness special issue of the Tilburg Law Review aims to capture this emerging academic debate by presenting a set of short articles that explore statelessness from diverse angles – from climate change to Corporate Social Responsibility; from microfinance schemes to human trafficking; and from surrogacy arrangements to victimology. The contributors  come from a wide range of backgrounds which include academics, civil society advocates and government officials, offering between them varied and interdisciplinary perspectives on the issue.

The special issue is also a timely contribution to wider developments in the field of statelessness. It is a celebration of the signing, in 2013, of an official agreement between Tilburg University and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for collaboration on research and training activities on statelessness. It contributes to the commemoration, in 2014, of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the first United Nations treaty dedicated to addressing statelessness, the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. And it is a sneak preview of what to expect in September 2014 when Tilburg University and UNHCR will co-host the first ever Global Forum on Statelessness in the Peace Palace in the Hague. 

Check out the 30 articles discussing a wide-range of statelessness related issues here.

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