Dr. Katia Bianchini

Dr. Katia Bianchini



Katia Bianchini joined the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity as a researcher in September 2015. Her current research focuses on statelessness, the problem of resolving nationality status and granting protection.

She earned her doctorate from the University of York, where she focused on a socio-legal study of the implementation of the Convention relating to the status of stateless persons in 10 EU States. She holds an LL.M from the University of San Diego, California, and a Laurea in Giurisprudenza from the University of Pavia, Italy.

Before engaging in research, she worked as a civil rights and immigration lawyer in the USA and the UK for about 10 years.


Peer review articles and book chapters

[2017] The “Stateless Person” Definition in Selected EU Member States: Variations of Interpretation and Application’ (Refugee Survey Quarterly, forthcoming).

[2017] ‘A Comparative Analysis of Statelessness Determination Procedures in Ten EU States’ International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 29(1), May 2017, 42.

[2014] "On the Protection of Stateless Persons in Germany" Tilburg Law Review Special Issue 19, 35.

[2012] “The EU Directive Laying Down Minimum Standards for the Reception of Asylum Seekers: Implementation in the United Kingdom” in Sonia Morano-Foadi, Micaela Milena (eds), Integration for Third Country Nationals in the European Union (Edward Edgar), 91.

[2011] “Legal Aid for Asylum Seekers: Progress and Challenges in Italy”, Journal of Refugee Studies 24(2), May 2011, 390.

[2010] "The Mandate Refugee Resettlement Program: A Critical Discussion", International Journal of Refugee Law 22(2), July 2010, 367.

Ph.D. Dissertation

The implementation of the Convention relating to the status of stateless persons: procedures and practices in selected EU States’ – University of York (2015)

Other publications

[2016] ‘Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in the UK’, report for the European Network on Statelessness.

[2011] ‘Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeker Children: Flawed Processes and Protection Gaps in the UK’, Forced Migration Review, Issue 37 (2011), 52.

Book reviews

[2017] ‘Nationality and Statelessness in the International Law of Refugee Status’ by Eric Fripp – ‘International Standards on Nationality Law: Texts, Cases and Materials’ by Gerard-René de Groot and Oliver Willem Vonk, Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 30(1) (March 2017) 153.

[2009] ‘Statelessness Matters’ by Laura van Waas, Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 22, N. 4 (Dec. 2009), 530.