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  • The Statelessness Summer Course is organized by the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg Law School and the Open Society Justice Initiative. It will take place on 5–9 August 2013. Participants from civil society, academia, governments and international organisations come together to learn about statelessness, and to develop plans for action. See all the info here.
    The Open Society Foundations offers grants. See here for info.
  • Together with Tilburg University, UNHCR has established a UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research. The Award will be administered by Tilburg and a call for nominations has already been announced for 2013. A prize pool of € 3,000 will be distributed among the winners in three categories for research at the undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels, as decided by the jury comprised of members from UNHCR and Tilburg as well as other leading academic institutions drawn from all geographic regions. Through this award, UNHCR and the Statelessness Programme will be able to map existing research, identify promising young researchers within the field and monitor ongoing gaps in geographic and thematic coverage of research. This is an innovative way for UNHCR to respond to the request by the Executive Committee in Conclusion 106 to promote research on statelessness.  The closing date for nominations for the inaugural award is 1 May 2013, and the winners will be announced on 28 September each year, to coincide with the date of adoption of the 1954 Statelessness Convention. Further details are available at:  http://www.unhcr.org/512628ab6.html

    Also in coordination with Tilburg University, UNHCR will co-host an international conference on statelessness in September 2014 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Statelessness Convention.  Entitled “The First Global Forum on Statelessness: New Research and Policy Perspectives”, the conference will be a three-day event, inviting leading academics, international institutions, governmental representatives, NGOs and stateless persons themselves.  The event will be multi-disciplinary and have a strong emphasis on policy as opposed to being purely academic.  The conference aims to raise awareness, encourage new research, create dialogue and galvanize action on statelessness within the academic and legal communities, government and civil society actors, the media and stateless people themselves. See the pre-announcement for the conference.

  • Forthcoming event organised by the he Oecumene project:
    Citizenship after Orientalism: enacting Europe in times of crisis
    27 March 2013 Brussels
    Speakers include Professor Rosi Braidotti, Professor Engin Isin, Rui Tavares MEP
    2013 as the European Year of Citizens is a time to reflect on the current crisis and the future of European citizenship. The aim of the morning session at the European Parliament (10:00-12:30) is to hold a debate on how European citizenship is constructed, and how it can become genuinely open. The afternoon conference at the European Economic and Social Committee (13:30-17:30) will open a dialogue between academics and activists on a wide range of issues, such as migration, security, feminism, democracy.
    The event is organised within the framework of the European Year of Citizens 2013 Alliance and in collaboration with European Alternatives.
    For more information, please see the event webpage.
    Registration for this event is required. Please email Oecumene-Project@open.ac.uk.

  • The registration is now open for the International Symposium, “Within and beyond citizenship: Lived experiences of contemporary membership” which will take place in Oxford on 11-12 April 2013.
    This is the first of two international symposia investigating the relationship between legal status, rights and belonging, jointly organised by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Oxford Institute of Social Policy and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.
    The Oxford symposium will investigate the interplay between forms and modes of contemporary membership, migration governance (both immigration and emigration), and the politics of belonging.
    The registration fee of £80 (£40 for students) covers conference pack, lunch and refreshments on both days. Accommodation, travel, and the symposium dinner on April 11th are not included. Please note that it is possible to book the symposium dinner separately via the online registration system.
    You can register here.
    Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Further Information
    To download the symposium programme and for information on travel and accommodation, please visit the symposium website.
    For further information, please contact: jenny.allsopp@spi.ox.ac.uk
  • More than 100,000 unique visitors on EUDO CITIZENSHIP!
    The EUDO CITIZENSHIP Observatory was launched in June 2009. Since then pages on this website were viewed a total of 656,772 times and the mark of 100,000 unique visitors was reached at the end of 2012. By February 2013 EUDO CITIZENSHIP has seen a total of nearly 112,000 visitors. This is an average of around 84 unique visitors per day and around 490 page views per day. Visits increased in the more recent period after publication of the Citizenship Indicators: From January 2011 to January 2013, EUDO CITIZENSHIP on average had around 110 unique visitors and around 575 page views per day. The average visit duration is 3,5 minutes and the average number of visited pages is 3,5.
    Of these unique visitors around 30,000 come from the United Kingdom, 20,000 from the US and 5,500 from Canada. In addition there are many visits from countries such as Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France and Hungary. The most viewed pages are the Country Profile pages with extensive information on citizenship policies in currently 47 countries. In addition, the databases on national citizenship laws, the statistics database, the comparative analyses and the modes of acquisition of citizenship and modes of loss of citizenship databases are visited frequently.
    EUDO CITIZENSHIP would like to thank all its contributors for their work and commitment.

  • Statelessness Summer Course, 5 – 9 August 2013

    Applications are now being accepted for the Statelessness Summer Course, organised jointly by the Statelessness Programme, Open Society Justice Initiative and UNHCR. The deadline for applications is 1 April 2013.

    The past few years have seen a growing acknowledgement of the true magnitude and impact of statelessness. However, much work remains to be done in terms of developing a full understanding of the phenomenon and building the required capacity to address it. Against this background, the Statelessness Summer Course offers a unique opportunity to learn about and reflect on the challenge that statelessness presents in the international legal system. Lasting one week, the Summer Course aims to enable people working in this and related fields - such as refugees, citizenship, human rights and anti-discrimination - to acquire new skills to better understand this problem.

    Taught by experts from the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg Law School, Open Society Justice Initiative and UNHCR, the Summer Course offers a stimulating curriculum which combines academic excellence with practical experience:

    “Nowhere else would I have been able to share with such a diverse and knowledgeable group of people so many experiences and information regarding statelessness. The Statelessness Summer Course is great for understanding and addressing such an important issue.”

    Testimonial about the course from one of the 2012 participants, Barbara Perez Martinez, Deputy of Protection, Commission for Refugee Aid, Ministry of Interior, Mexico

    More information about the course, as well as details on how to apply.
  • The Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University is pleased to announce its call for applications for the summer course The Politics of Citizenship
    (Scholarships, tuition waivers and travel grants are available)

    Application deadline: 28 February, 2013


    Applications are invited from MA students, PhD students, researchers, and junior faculty. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

    Course date: 8-19 July, 2013

    Faculty: Christian Joppke, Institute of Sociology, University of Bern, Switzerland; André Liebich, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; Maarten Peter Vink, Department of Political Science, Maastricht University, the Netherlands; Patrícia Jeronímo Vink, School of Law, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal; Michael Miller, Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Szabolcs Pogonyi, Assistant Professor, Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Kalman Mizsei, Roma Policy Board, Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary; Andras Laszlo Pap, Department oMedia and Communication; Eötvös University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary; Zsolt Kortvélyesi, Faculty of Social Sciences, Eötvös University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary.

    Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest in citizenship across many disciplines. This course seeks to provide an overview of some of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives in the social sciences, with special but not exclusive attention to citizenship in the law and politics of the states of Europe with a special focus on Eastern Europe.  In addition to the overview the evolution of citizenship regimes, the course will offer an in-depth analysis of different normative frameworks and also analyse their policy implications. Given the special circumstances of new state formation and state succession in large parts of Eastern Europe after 1989, special attention will be given to problems of membership, ethnic selectivity, migration, transnational and dual citizenship with their implications on the de- or re-ethnicization of citizenship.  These processes will be examined from comparative and normative perspectives within the larger European context that connects citizenship of the Member States of the EU through a common citizenship of the Union and its associated rights of free movement.

    Central European University is an English-language, graduate university located in Budapest, Hungary. An international university with students from some 100 countries and faculty from more than 40, CEU offers small, seminar-style courses. CEU is accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU's Nationalism Studies Program addresses issues of nationalism, self-determination, state formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection,design in modern and contemporary societies. It encourages critical and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of nationalism and provides students with a theoretical and methodological background in applied social sciences. Students may specialize in Jewish studies.

    Further information on the course content and the application procedure:


  • Call for Papers: The Right to Have What Rights? EU Citizenship’s Role Reconsidered. Convenors: Dimitry Kochenov / Anja Wiesbrock. Groningen / Oslo, September 13-14, 2013 Juridiskeksamensaal, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law

The conference will be dedicated to the legal analysis of the growing role of the concept of EU citizenship within the context of EU law. Now the border-line between EU law and national law potentially depends, to a great degree, on answering a question about EU citizenship rights. The Court has been timid, however, and up to now we only know that 'not to be made to leave the territory of the Union but not of your state of nationality' is the right which the Court is ready to use to activate EU law no matter what. It is clear that there can be many more rights out there, able to create similar effects. The idea of the conference is to start mapping EU citizenship rights to demonstrate how they will function in the context when they are able, directly or indirectly, to affect the scope of EU law. A number of further crucial questions arises, namely, how far can the federalizing importance of rights be stretched without undermining the coherence of the complex EU legal system.

The conference aims at analyzing the important new role for EU citizenship to play in the broader context of EU law, affecting the very essence of the legal system.

The conference will be chiefly concerned with three groups of issues.
1. The general place of EU citizenship within the fabric of EU law, the dynamic analysis of its influence on the material scope of the law; the role played by the institutions of the EU and the Member States in realizing EU citizenship’s potential; and the interrelation between EU citizenship and the internal market.
2. The essential meaning of EU citizenship rights, their interrelation with fundamental rights, human rights and the rights stemming from the nationalities of the Member States, as well as the role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the context of EU citizenship. A special emphasis will be put on the analysis of the concept of the ‘essence of the rights of EU citizenship’.
3. The general assessment of the global implications of the new rights-based approach to the scope of EU law and the potential growing role for EU citizenship to play in this context. How will the citizenship-based rights-oriented approach co-exist with the Internal Market rationale behind the four freedoms? What are the possible tensions arising in this context? What are the key implications in the medium- to long-term?
We hope that a critical legal assessment of the new role for EU citizenship to play will help outlining new perspectives of critical analytical engagement with the study of EU law. For some more background information please consult Prof. Kochenov’s forthcoming paper posing some questions, which the conference will address.

Interested scholars should direct their abstracts (400 words max) and a brief CV with a list of the most relevant publications to anja.wiesbrock@jus.uio.no. Abstracts received after April 1 will not be considered. The selected paper-givers will be notified by April 15 and will be expected to complete their papers of up to 10.000 words by August 30.
The convenors are currently busy securing funding which would allow covering the travel of some of the paper-givers. Please indicate the eventual need in travel support when sending the abstract.

  • Maarten Vink (Maastricht University) has been appointed from 1 October 2012 as Co-Director of the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship and Part-Time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

    Vink was one of the founding consortium members of EUDO CITIZENSHIP in 2009. Within the Observatory he is responsible for setting up and managing the databases with comparative information on modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship as well as on citizenship acquisition statistics across European states. He currently leads a number of EU-funded research projects on the access to citizenship and the impact on immigrant integration, as well as a project in cooperation with UNHCR on protection against statelessness in Europe.

    Vink will join Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute) and Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh) as Co-Director of the EUDO Citizenship Observatory.

    Click here for more information about Maarten Vink.
  • The British Academy research project CITMODES has been renewed for five years. Read the announcement on the website of the University of Edinburgh.
  • CALL FOR PAPERS on “Citizenship, migration and political participation”. ESA Research Network 32 – Political Sociology. The European Sociological Association’s Research Network on Political Sociology (RN32) is pleased to announce its second mid‐term conference, to be held at the University of Milan (Italy), 30 November and 1 December, 2012: “Political Participation and Beyond Multi‐level dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in times of crisis”. At the midterm conference, Rainer Bauböck (European University Institute), Derek Hutcheson (University College Dublin), Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh) and Maarten Vink (Maastricht University) aim to put together two or three thematic panels focusing on the main conference theme of political participation, from the perspective of citizenship and migration. These panels are co-sponsored by the EUDO Citizenship Observatory. We are interested in particular in papers that address the link between public policies in the field of citizenship and migration, on the one hand, and sociological outcomes in the domain of political participation, on the other. Papers can have a qualitative or quantitative approach and be empirically or normatively oriented. Papers can focus on policies and outcomes at the local, regional, national or supranational level of government.

    Please submit your paper abstract to Maarten Vink, at m.vink@maastrichtuniversity.nl

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 May 2012.

    More conference information here.

  • 22nd ASEN Conference: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries, 27-29 March 2012 at the London School of Economics. A panel session will discuss the following theme: 'Citizenship and Belonging: Rules, Politics and Perceptions'.
  • Statelessness Summer Course, 23-27 July 2012, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Organised by the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg Law School and Open Society Justice Initiative. More information about the course, as well as details on how to apply, are available through the following link
  • The e-review "Regard sur l'Est" published a special issue on "Citoyenneté et Nationalité à l'Est" with contributions - among others - of our EUDO CITIZENSHIP experts Andre Liebich and Szabolcs Pogonyi. 
  • Summer Course “The Politics of Citizenship” at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, from July 2-13, 2012. Course Director: Mária M. Kovács. More detailed information available here.
  • UNHCR recently published two reports on Mapping Statelessness in the Netherlands (by Olivier Vonk and Karel Hendriks) and in the UK (by Lucy Gregg, Chris Nash and Nick Oakeshott)
  • You can now download freely the book Citizenship Policies in the New Europe (updated and enlarged edition), Amsterdam University Press, (2009) by Rainer Bauböck, Bernhard Perchinig and Wiebke Sievers. See also on our EUDO CITIZENSHIP page
  • EUDO CITIZENSHIP is pleased to announce the appointment of Oriane Calligaro as research assistant to the ACIT project (Access to citizenship and its impact on immigrant integration).
  • The European Institute of University College London organises an evening panel discussion with the Belgian Embassy in London on EU Citizenship - problems, potential, policy, 1 November 2011. Further information available here.
  • EUDO Mourns the Sad Loss of Professor Peter Mair
  • EUDO CITIZENSHIP will generate new indicators through its ACIT project
    The European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals has selected ACIT (Access to citizenship and its impact on immigrant integration) for funding. ACIT will generate indicators for citizenship laws, their implementation, acquisition rates and their impact on immigrant integration in 33 European states. ACIT will also organize stakeholder dialogues and produce citizenship handbooks in 10 EU member states.
    Read more
  • Call for papers for the new journal Open Citizenship.


See also the EUDO CITIZENSHIP list of upcoming events.