UNHCR has begun issuing “Guidelines on Statelessness.” The aim is to “provide interpretive legal guidance for governments, NGOs, legal practitioners, decision-makers and the judiciary, as well as for UNHCR staff and other UN agencies involved in addressing statelessness.” Ultimately, they will culminate in a UNHCR Handbook on Statelessness.
Here are the first two:
- Guidelines on Statelessness No. 1: The Definition of ‘Stateless Person’ in Article 1(1) of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (UNHCR, Feb. 2012) [text]
- Guidelines on Statelessness No. 2: Procedures for Determining Whether an Individual is a Stateless Person (UNHCR, April 2012) [text]
The guidelines are a result of a series of expert consultations that were held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The meetings included:
- Expert Meeting on the Concept of Stateless Persons under International Law, Prato, Italy, 27-28 May 2010 [summary conclusions] [background paper]
- Expert Meeting on Statelessness Determination Procedures & Statelessness Status at the National Level, Geneva, 6-7 December 2010 [summary conclusions]
- Expert Meeting on Interpreting the 1961 Statelessness Convention and Preventing Statelessness among Children, Dakar, 23-24 May 2011 [summary conclusions]