Dr. Laura Van Waas
Laura van Waas is a co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, as well as a part-time Assistant Professor at the Department of European and International Law at Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands. Her PhD manuscript, ‘Nationality Matters’ (Intersentia, 2008), is widely used as a reference for understanding international statelessness law by researchers and practitioners all over the world, as is ‘Nationality and Statelessness under International Law’ (CUP, 2014) which Laura co-edited with Dr Alice Edwards. In more than a decade of working on the issue of statelessness, Laura has carried out a wide array of research and teaching projects, both within academia and for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other actors. She has also supervised or conducted studies on statelessness for, among others, Plan International, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Open Society Foundations, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the United States Department of State, the European Parliament and the Norwegian Refugee Council.