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Laura van Waas


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 612

    5037 DE Tilburg



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Dr. Laura van Waas is Assistant Professor at the Department of European and International Law at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands, as well as a founder and Co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion ( Dr. van Waas? doctoral dissertation, ?Nationality Matters? (Intersentia, 2008), is widely used as a reference for understanding international statelessness law by researchers and practitioners all over the world, as is the edited collection ?Nationality and Statelessness under International Law? which she edited together with Alice Edwards (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In more than a decade of working on the issue of statelessness, Dr. van Waas has carried out a wide array of research and teaching projects, both within academia and for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other actors. She has worked as a consultant for UNHCR?s headquarters in Geneva as well as the regional offices for the Middle East and North Africa in Beirut and for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. She has directed research on statelessness with funding from Open Society Foundations, the United States Department of State and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO Security and Rule of Law programme). She has also supervised or conducted studies, among others, Plan International, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Women?s Refugee Commission, the European Parliament and the Norwegian Refugee Council. Dr. van Waas is also one of the co-founders and an active member of the European Network on Statelessness.


Laura van Waas is also a founder and co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. Established in late 2014, the Institute is an independent non-profit organisation committed to realising and protecting the right to a nationality for all. See

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External positions

Co-Director (Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion)

1 Jan 2015 → …


  • Citizenship
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Statelessness
  • Nationality


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