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RSC Public Seminar Series, Hilary Term 2018

Series convened by Dr Lilian Tsourdi

Seminar held on 31 January 2018

About the seminar

Chris Nash is the Director and co-founder of the European Network on Statelessness. He has worked in the refugee and migration field for over 20 years, initially as an asylum lawyer and then at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (Head of Policy and Advocacy), the Refugee Council of Australia (National Policy Director), Amnesty International (Head of Refugee and Migrant Rights Team) and Asylum Aid (International Protection Policy Coordinator). He has also worked as a consultant for UNHCR. He has written widely on asylum, migration and statelessness policy, and is joint author of the 2011 UNHCR/Asylum Aid report Mapping Statelessness in the United Kingdom.

The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) is a civil society alliance of non-governmental organisations, NGOs, academics, and experts committed to addressing statelessness in Europe. Since its launch in June 2012, ENS has attracted over 125 members (including 75 NGOs) in 40 European countries. ENS pursues its mission through a combination of law & policy, awareness-raising and capacity-building activities. Current ENS priorities include its #StatelessKids, #LockedInLimbo and #RomaBelong campaigns.


Referred to in the seminar are a number of reports, including:

ENS. Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention: An Agenda for Change

ENS, Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention - A Regional Toolkit for Practitioners

ENS, No Child Should be Stateless

ENS, Preventing Childhood Statelessness in Europe: Issues, Gaps and Good Practices

ENS, Still Stateless, Still Suffering - Why Europe Must Act Now to Protect Stateless Persons


The following two animations and short film are featured:

ENS Animation – Everyone has the right to a nationality

ENS Animation – #StatelessKids

Greg Constantine film ‘No one will notice’


Further information about the European Network on Statelessness and some of its key campaigns can be found at:   

ENS/ERRC/ISI, Roma Belong – Statelessness, Discrimination and Marginalisation of Roma in the Western Balkans and Ukraine


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Photo: The Evros fence, built in 2012 by the Greek government in order to deter human trafficking gangs from sending refugees and migrants across the border from Turkey. Credit: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis.