The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for Central Asia jointly with the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and the Central Asian Network on Statelessness (CANS) announces the Second Regional Statelessness Paper Competition for Students – “Impact of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness”.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, we invite school and university students, interested in international relations, law and human rights, to present essays or research papers on the impact of the 1961 Convention and its relevance today.
School students (7-11 grades of secondary schools): Participants in this category should provide an essay up to 1,000 words on the topic “How the 1961 Statelessness Convention was developed and how it helps to resolve the problem of statelessness”.
University students (undergraduate and graduate): Participants in this category should provide a research paper of up to 6,000 words, on topics related to nationality and statelessness, its causes and consequences, the impact of the 1961 Statelessness Convention on the evolution of international law, and its continuing relevance, interconnected socio-economic rights, innovative solutions for streamlining the reduction and prevention of statelessness, protection of stateless persons and achieving the ultimate goal of statelessness eradication by 2024.
For essay category: Students of 7-11 grades of secondary schools in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan at the time of submission.
For research paper category: Students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited university in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan at the time of submission.
Competition works must be written solely by the candidate, in English or Russian, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
Submissions must be:
Each candidate is limited to a single submission.
Each submission is limited to a single author.
Persons affiliated with UNHCR staff and partners implementing UNHCR projects cannot participate in this competition.
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (GMT+6), 22 October 2021.
Applicants should complete a registration form and send it together with the competition work (essay OR research paper) in Microsoft Word format attachment to email: [email protected] with the subject line “Regional Statelessness Paper Competition 2021”. Questions should be directed to the same address.
Research paper category
A message announcing the name of the winners will be published on UNHCR Central Asia and partners websites and social media accounts. An e-mail with the final outcome will also be sent to all who submitted works.
Learn more details about the competition, eligibility requirements and selection criteria.