Statelessness Working Paper Series – Call for Submissions

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion manages a Statelessness Working Paper Series. This online, open access resource offers an avenue for centralising and sharing the latest knowledge, developments, and research findings on statelessness from multiple fields (including, but not limited to law, sociology, history, economics and health), to inform a more effective response to the issue globally. In accordance with our mission to be an expert, partner and catalyst for action to address statelessness, we have established the Statelessness Working Paper Series to facilitate the flow of knowledge and information between actors engaged with the issue across different contexts, countries and disciplines. We aim to publish two editions each year, with several working papers each time – one in June and one in December. Click here to download a flyer about the Working Paper Series.»

The deadline for consideration in the next cycle (June 2017) is 15 March 2017. Below are all the details of how to contribute.


Contributions are welcomed from both scholars and practitioners, at any stage of their career. Research papers may present the findings of studies relating to statelessness in any discipline and may offer a discussion of theoretical/conceptual issues or an analysis of on-the-ground realities. Policy papers may report and comment on developments in the area of statelessness-related law, policy or programming. Papers may focus on a specific country or population, or provide a comparative, regional or global perspective on the issue. Contributions may be made on any theme, but specific calls for nominations may also request/prioritise particular thematic areas.

There are two types of submission possible:

1. Short papers. These are up to 2,500 words in length and provide either a brief exploration of an emerging or potential area of research, or commentary on new developments.

2. Full papers. These are up to 7,500 words in length and offer a detailed presentation of research findings or provide a longer (e.g. comparative, historic) discussion of developments.

All law and policy papers must demonstrate a sound understanding of statelessness as defined under international law and place the discussion in this light. Non-legal contributions are encouraged to relate their analysis to the international law definition of statelessness “a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law”, so as to maximize their potential law and policy impact. All papers must offer an objective, well-reasoned analysis; clearly reference all sources used; and be written in accurate English. Papers that do not satisfy this quality threshold will not be considered.


Submissions can be made at any time but papers will, in principle, be reviewed in two cycles each year. The deadline for consideration in the next cycle is 15 March 2017. Authors can expect to receive feedback on their submission within 6 weeks from this date. If you would like to discuss the fit of your paper in the Statelessness Working Paper Series or have other inquiries, please do not hesitate to write to us. Submissions and questions should be addressed to

Instructions to authors

Papers should respect the word limits indicated (short papers – 2,500 words; full papers – 7,500 words), use standard British English and be fully referenced using footnotes. Further style guidelines will be made available by mid July. Authors should include the following items on the title page(s) of their working paper submission:


Author(s) details: full names of all authors, including title and affiliation

Author(s) email address(es)

Author(s) biography: maximum of 80 words per author

Abstract of the paper: maximum of 200 words

Keywords: between 5 and 10 keywords indicating the content of the paper


The Statelessness Working Paper Series is fully Open Access. Selected papers will be published digitally on this website and will be advertised in our monthly bulletin. Click here for the full Style Guide for Authors.

Managing Editors

The Institute is proud to have the support of Ms Caia Vlieks and Ms Maria Jose Recalde Vela as Managing Editors of the Working Paper Series.

Caia Vlieks (LLM, cum laude) is a PhD researcher at Tilburg University. Her research focuses on statelessness in Europe, which also was the topic of both of her prize-winning master’s theses. Her previous relevant experience includes a position as articles editor with a law review.

Maria Jose Recalde Vela holds an LLM in international and European law and an MSc in Victimology and Criminal Justice, both from Tilburg University. She is currently enrolled in the Research Master program at the same university.

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