The Question Is, What Took So Long?

The Bible Gets Real

In 1983, Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill at Oxford published the first edition of what would go on to be a canonical text in refugee law: “The Refugee in International Law.” This month, the 4th edition finally dropped and imagine my excitement to hear…


Afghanistan 2021 is exactly like Sri Lanka 2009.

In 2008, I was working for the UN in Kilinochchi, northern Sri Lanka. At that time, Kilinochchi, a small town of a few thousand people, was the headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of the Tamel Eelam (LTTE). One of their offices was right next door to our compound. We were…


The world has a perfect tool to protect climate refugees — the 1951 Refugee Convention — so let’s start using it.

If you are a journalist, activist, or person concerned about climate change, you have probably been told at some point in your life that there is no such thing…


The United States may soon become the next country to pass Statelessness Determination Procedures to identify stateless people living in the US and place them on a pathway to naturalization. A recent article discusses the pitfalls that may happen when nationals are incorrectly identified as stateless.

A recent study estimated…


In 2019, I predicted that the US Supreme Court decision to make US immigration law gender neutral would have dire consequences for many children born to US citizens abroad. Today in Japan, my fears are becoming a reality. According to Japan Today, five children are stateless in Japan due to…


Is this the best form of land management?

A few years ago, a few Maniq people of Thailand began to receive Thai citizenship. Like other nomads in Thailand, including the Moken, the Maniq have for years struggled to protect their way of life in the face of widespread environmental devastation and coercive and forced assimilation. Their struggle to…


Governments Have Spent Decades Excluding Minorities From Citizenship, Which Is Awesome News for the Virus

Israel has emerged as the vaccine roll-out star of the middle phase of the pandemic, but many have rightly pointed out that it’s hard to call any vaccine program a success when it doesn’t cover…


Not long ago, the world awoke to the news that BioNtech, the German bio-tech company, has developed a successful COVID-19 vaccine. The owners, Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, are proud “Prussian Turks,” or German citizens of Turkish descent. Both are the children of Turkish migrants, according to the Guardian. It’s…


The UK government plans to banish people to an island where “nothing makes sense”…

An island where nobody really lives.

Ascension island today is known among botanists as an island taken over by invasive species and among space buffs as a former, possible landing place for the space shuttle. As the BBC reports, nobody lives there…


Media executives were charged with incitement in Rwanda and Nuremberg — what about today?

After the Rwandan genocide, radio executives and presenters were charged with incitement

Following the conclusion by the International Court of Justice that Myanmar is committing genocide, the International Criminal Court continues to collect evidence for trial. The ICC is looking at generals and other high-level persons in the…

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