A4ID Rule of Law Knowledge Group: Statelessness, Sustainable Development and the Law

7 September 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ashurst LLP
5 Appold Street, Broadwalk House
EC2A 2HA London
United Kingdom

Advocates for International Development (A4ID) Knowledge Group: Statelessness, Sustainable Development and the Law

This year the A4ID Rule of Law Knowledge Group will explore Goal 16 of the SDGs: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and how its components can act as a catalyser for social transformation. It will focus on the concept of legal identity and the role of the rule of law in the realisation of human flourishing. 

A4ID has four knowledge groups this year. Each will meet three times in the year. The first session will provide a ‘topic update’, the second will give a "practice update" and the third will involve a roundtable discussion to discuss how legal professionals can take action or make a contribution to this area.

The title of this Knowledge Group Session 2 is "Statelessness, Sustainable Development and the Law". 

Following on from the first session which explored the inclusion of Sustainable Development Goal 16 "Peace, justice and strong institutions", and sub-goal 16.9 relating to “legal identity for all, including birth registration” in the SDGs, this next session will focus on the connected issue of statelessness. For example, what is the relationship between statelessness and lack of proof of legal identity? How can laws lead to statelessness, or conversely help to eradicate this phenomenon? Indeed, statelessness is a growing area of enquiry, and this session will seek to:

  • provide an introduction to statelessness as a conceptual tool,

  • highlight its connections with sustainable development and human rights, and

  • discuss empirical examples of statelessness from Europe to Asia, which contribute to vulnerability and thus impedes human flourishing.

The session will conclude by questioning if, and how, SDG16 can assist with addressing statelessness.


Amal de Chickera is a co-director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. He has worked on statelessness and human rights for the last 8 years, conducting research, advocacy, training and serving as an expert at a number of UN, NGO and academic forums. He is interested in the nexus between statelessness, human rights and the sustainable development agenda.

Chris Nash is the Director and co-founder of the European Network on Statelessness. He has worked in the refugee and migration field for 18 years, initially as an asylum lawyer and then at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, the Refugee Council of Australia, Amnesty International and Asylum Aid. 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.


This Knowledge Group is free and open to all those with a strong interest in the rule of law in promoting sustainable and fair development and human rights. 

Feel free to stay behind for networking drinks after the talk!

For any questions about this event, please contact A4ID's Learning Department: events@a4id.org 

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