The Hague Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity

Civil Registration Centre for Development, The Hague and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg

Bronwen Manby

LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights

Bronwen Manby is an independent consultant and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for the Study of Human Rights, and previously worked for the Open Society Foundations and Human Rights Watch. She has written widely on human rights, democracy and good governance in Africa and her current focus is on statelessness and the right to nationality, with ongoing work for the Open Society Foundations, for UNHCR and IOM and others. She is completing a book whose provisional title is “Citizenship and Statelessness in Africa: The law and politics of belonging”, which will also be submitted as a doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Law of the University of Maastricht, with the anticipated defence in 2015. She is involved in ongoing advocacy for the adoption of a protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the right to a nationality in Africa. Publications on nationality include the following:

Nationality, migration and statelessness in West Africa, report for UNHCR and IOM, forthcoming, 2015 (currently being formatted for printing);

You can't lose what you haven't got: citizenship acquisition and loss in Africa”, contribution to EUDO Citizenship Observatory debate on The Return of Banishment: Do the New Denationalisation Policies Weaken Citizenship?, November 2014;

How will the UNHCR’s statelessness campaign affect Africa?”, African Arguments, 12 November 2014;  Tanzanian constitutional review proposes radical changes to citizenship law, African Arguments, 15 April 2014.

“Trends in citizenship law and politics in Africa since the colonial era”, chapter in Engin F. Isin, and Peter Nyers (eds.), Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies, Routledge, 2014;

Draft Zim constitution fails citizenship test”, OSISA blog, 11 October 2012 (and update, 10 January 2013);

Statelessness in Southern Africa, Briefing paper for UNHCR Regional Conference on Statelessness in Southern Africa Mbombela (Nelspruit), South Africa 1-3 November 2011, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 2012;

The Right to Nationality and the Secession of South Sudan: A Commentary on the Impact of the New Laws, Open Society Foundations, June 2012;

International Law and the Right to Nationality in Sudan, Open Society Foundations, February 2011;

Citizenship Law in Africa: A comparative study, Open Society Foundations, 2009 (2nd edition 2010);

Struggles for Citizenship in Africa, Zed Books, 2009.