The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) are pleased to announce the establishment of a new online journal: The Statelessness and Citizenship Review. This is the first journal to be entirely dedicated to advancing the understanding of statelessness and related citizenship phenomena and challenges, helping to meet the growing demand for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among scholars in the blossoming field of statelessness studies. The Editors-in-Chief are Prof. Michelle Foster (Peter McMullin Centre) and Dr. Laura van Waas (ISI).

The Statelessness and Citizenship Review is a peer-reviewed, open-access and interdisciplinary journal. Papers submitted to the journal will undergo independent and anonymous peer review, with an Editorial Board composed of renowned international scholars (see below). There are no fees for authors or readers, Creative Commons Attribution and authors retain Copyright of published articles. The journal will be published on a bi-annual basis. The submission deadline for Volume 2 Issue 2 is 31 July 2020. Articles should be 8,000 -10,000 words in length (incl. footnotes), though longer pieces of up to 12,000 words can also be accommodated. Articles should follow the OSCOLA citation system.

In addition to original, scholarly articles that have passed successfully through the peer review process, each issue of the Review will also contain a section of “Case Notes” that offers summaries and comment on significant jurisprudence from around the globe (edited by Dr. Katia Bianchini), a section entitled “Critique & Comment” that will feature reflections by scholars or practitioners on emerging research, policy trends or other new developments (edited by Dr. Kristy Belton), as well as Book Reviews (edited by Ms. Barbara von Rütte). Please note that the main difference between a case note / comment / book review and an article is the breadth of the subject matter covered. Please see submission guidelines for more information. 



For this issue, we are especially interested in submissions that relate to the theme of Legal and/or Digital Identity and how developments in this field are interacting with statelessness and citizenship questions. Submissions on other topics that fit within the broader field of statelessness studies will also be accept as usual.

The SCR is also seeking Symposium proposals for its “Critique and Comment” section on the same theme. The purpose of “Critique and Comment” Symposia is to explore an overarching theme from a diversity of perspectives (institutional, methodological, disciplinary and otherwise) so that readers are presented with a range of views on a particular subject. For the December 2020 issue, we are interested in unpacking questions surrounding legal and/or digital identity: its (mis)use, its value for populations, such as the stateless, its relationship to other bureaucratic inventions, like e-passports, as well as its implications for the future of citizenship as a status, among others. We welcome Symposium proposals that address these and other similar questions.

Proposals should include the following:

  1. The name and email of the Symposium coordinator. This individual is responsible for bringing together colleagues from diverse positions to engage with the theme of “Digital Identity.” If the proposal is selected, the coordinator will manage the Symposium from submission to publication (e.g. s/he will respond to editorial inquiries, ensure that all manuscripts are submitted on time and meet the S&CR’s guidelines, etc.).
  2. The working title and abstract (no more than 200 words each) of five to seven proposed “critiques/comments.” Please include the names and institutional affiliations of the authors.

 If selected, each manuscript in the Symposium should range between 2,000-2,700 words (inclusive of bibliography and footnotes).

Please send Legal/Digital Identity Symposium proposals to the journal ( by April 30. The selected proposal coordinator will be notified by May 15. Any inquiries may be sent to the Critique & Comment Editor, Dr. Kristy A. Belton, at We look forward to receiving your proposals!