Statelessness: A 21st century challenge for Europe

Statelessness: A 21st century challenge for Europe Statelessness: A 21st century challenge for Europe Laura van Waas 1 On the 1st of May, 2009, Europe will reach another important milestone in its efforts to address statelessness. On that day, the recently drafted Council of Europe Convention on the avoidance of statelessness in relation to State succession will enter into force — the second Council of Europe convention to be devoted to questions of nationality attribution and to be guided by the ambition of the prevention and reduction of statelessness. 2 This development is just one sign of the increasing attention that statelessness is drawing, not just in Europe, but around the world. Indeed, a deepening understanding of the complexity and gravity of the problem of statelessness, as well as the growing realisation that the international legal framework relating to statelessness continues to exhibit numerous gaps and shortcomings, has made it clear that the issue of statelessness warrants further consideration and engagement by the international community. This article looks more closely at statelessness as a fundamental challenge for Europe — and beyond — in the twenty-first century. In doing so, the article discusses why finding an appropriate response to statelessness can be deemed imperative, taking into Security and Human Rights Brill

Statelessness: A 21st century challenge for Europe

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Martinus Nijhoff
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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