Statelessness Summer Course: Global focus
The Institute convenes an annual Statelessness Summer Course during the first week of August at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The course looks at statelessness globally and draws participants from all regions of the world.
The Statelessness Summer Course provides participants with new knowledge, tools and skills to address statelessness and realise the right to nationality. The curriculum is taught by lecturers from a variety of backgrounds, both professionally and geographically. The Course considers statelessness and the enjoyment of nationality from various angles.
Beginning with a reflection on the history and concepts of nationality and statelessness, the Course goes on to deal with a wide array of legal and policy issues associated with statelessness today. The Course addresses the status of stateless persons, their human rights and right to international protection. In addition, the Course takes an in depth look at a number of specific questions relating to statelessness, such as children's right to a nationality, the interaction between statelessness and forced migration, the place of statelessness in the Sustainable Development Goals, UNHCR's statelessness mandate and #ibelong campaign, and the problem of arbitrary deprivation of nationality.
The Course incorporates many case studies and group work assignments through which the participants learn how to apply the theory covered and have the chance to share their own ideas and expertise with one another. As such, the participants will benefit from the knowledge and professional experience of both the lecturers and their fellow participants. The case studies and assignments will draw on examples of statelessness situations from all around the globe.
The course fee is 950 Euro. This covers registration and tuition fees, all weekday lunches, course materials, an opening reception and closing dinner. Other evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee.
A limited number of tuition waivers are available for applicants who are able to clearly demonstrate how their work would benefit from participation in the course, but who would otherwise be unable to participate. Note that applications who are offered a tuition waiver must still pay a non-refundable registration fee of 100 Euro to confirm their place on the course. Tuition waivers are highly competitive and we strongly encourage you to seek alternative funding to secure your participation in the course. All participants must cover their own costs for travel to and accommodation in Tilburg for the duration of the course.
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