CfP: National Seminar on Statelessness: A Supra-Legal Perspective @ Ramaiah Public Policy Center, Bengaluru [Dec 22]: Submit by Nov 30

One day workshop on Statelessness: A Supra-legal Perspective

The problem of statelessness is a global, growing challenge. The status, rights and protection of stateless persons constitute a theoretical as well as practical problematique. It is especially important in the context of emerging national sovereignty dynamics. The international legal regime has tried to give the issue a fair hearing with mixed results.

Statelessness – a condition where a person is deprived of national status is the denial of a peremptory human right imperative. According to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there exist nearly 10 million stateless persons in the world inspite of a strong international legal regime to protect and promote human rights.

The mounting problem of stateless Rohingyas, illegal immigrants in Assam, Windrush immigrants in UK, Guantanamo detainees, stateless persons in Brunei, the Haitians in the Dominican Republic, Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon are some examples of the aggravating problem of statelessness.

This conference reframes the debate on the problem of statelessness with an epistemic critique of the established notion of statelessness with an ontological framework. The framework can perhaps be best described as a ‘logical and practical framework’ that provides an engaging invitation to join a structured discourse that seeks to find solutions to the problem of statelessness on the merits of a systemic approach.

How do people become stateless? How can people become stateful? The approach contests the traditional supposition that statelessness is primarily a legal problem. By reframing the legal conceptualization of the problem, the conference seeks to render a supra-legal corrective that can yield the best possible solution through the combinatorial possibilities which the ontology articulates.

The conference is intended for academicians/faculty members, research scholars, government officials, bureaucrats, policy makers, and students working in the domain of human rights, refugees, stateless persons and citizenship discourse.

Structure of the Conference

The first session will present the paper on ‘Statelessness: Exploring the Normative and Policy Gaps Through an Ontological Approach’ by RPPC. The following two sessions would invite participants to present their respective research papers.

The conference would close with a plenary session that includes discussion with moderators chairing it on the broad theme of ‘Statelessness: A Supra-Legal perspective’. The conference would close with high tea.

 Submission Guidelines

Those who are interested to present their research paper in the conference are required to submit an extended abstract by 15th of December 2018 based on the following guidelines.

  • Word limit – 1500 – 2000 words
  • Font style – Times New Roman
  • Line Spacing – 1.5
  • Font size – 12
  • No Plagiarism
Parameters for selection

Each abstract will be reviewed by the blind peer review committee constituted by RPPC composing of external experts as well as experts within RPPC. The selection is made based on 10 points. An abstract scoring 6 and above can be invited to make presentation. All abstracts will be selected by blind peer review committee.

  • The topic or the content of the abstract should align with the main theme of the conference (4 points)
  • The abstract should promise specific and relevant methodology or methods to collate data and evidence to substantiate arguments (2 points)
  • Is the core idea(s) or argument(s) or findings of the abstract original/innovative or relevant to the domain of statelessness (2 points)
  • The findings indicated in the abstract assure specific recommendations for policy or contributions to conceptual/theoretical perspectives to understand issues related to statelessness (2 points)

The intimation on selected abstracts would be communicated by 5th December. The revised version of the abstract must be sent by 15th December 2018.

Workshop Agenda

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Inauguration of the Workshop

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Presentation by RPPC

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Coffee Break

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Paper presentations

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch break

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Paper presentations

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Tea break

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm: Plenary session

5.30 pm: High tea

Workshop Registration and Fees
  • Faculty members: INR 2000
  • Government employees and bureaucrats: INR 1500
  • Research/Doctoral scholars: INR 1000
  • Students: INR 500
Important Dates

Last Date for submission of abstract: 30th November 2018.

Last Date for extended abstract after the review: 15th December 2018


Ramaiah School of Applied Sciences, University House, Gnana Gangothri Campus, New BEL Road,  M S R Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560054


Dr. Sahana Reddy, Email: [email protected], Ph: +91-9880540405.

Detailed brochure of the event is available here.


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