This one-day workshop invites scholars to examine the role of the identification processes, and the human rights implications thereof, in the UN’s global statelessness prevention campaign. In late 2014, the UN initiated an ambitious agenda to eradicate statelessness globally, a problem that likely affects far more than 10 million people worldwide. In addition to the goals of improving national and international legal frameworks regulating citizenship and human rights, The UNHCR Action Plan to End Statelessness privileges expanding identification regimes and improved quantitative and qualitative research on stateless populations as measures for reducing and preventing statelessness. Given that scholars and activists are increasingly concerned about the role of identification schemes in the expanding “surveillance state,” a careful evaluation of the UN’s statelessness eradication campaign and its potential protection gaps is both essential and timely.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Katzenstein.
UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness: A Critical Examination of Identification Infrastructures
Saturday, May 30, 2015