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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Stateless Person

Natalie Baird

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 12 August 2020

Constitutions and international law — Loss of citizenship — Stateless persons — Decisions of international courts — International human rights treaties — State sovereignty and states' rights

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Over 30 national constitutions refer to stateless persons in some way, although none contains a definition of a stateless person. However, Article 1 of the Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons 1954 defines a stateless person as ‘a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law.’ This definition is widely regarded as customary international law (van Waas 72). 2 The inherent nature of statelessness means that it is difficult to be accurate about precise numbers, but it is estimated that there are between 10 million...
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