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

Radha Govil


Radha Govil has worked as a Legal Officer in UNHCR’s Division of International Protection for the past five years, focusing on issues relating to nationality and statelessness. She has been involved in a number of statelessness mapping studies, including in Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya and Pakistan, which have examined the reasons for and implications of the lack birth registration or national identification documentation amongst specific populations in these countries. Radha has also led the statelessness unit's work on gender discrimination in nationality laws and was co-author of UNHCR's 10 point Global Action Plan, which sets out the strategic framework for the achievement of the goals of UNHCR's Campaign to End Statelessness, launched in November 2014. Radha holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.