Article 15:
Everyone has the right to a nationality.No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.


By the inclusion of Article 15 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the framers of the Declaration emphasized the human rights aspect of nationality. Until then this concept had never received this degree of recognition. Article 15 thus constitutes a remarkable development in international human rights law, providing a foundation upon which an elaborate legal structure has since been built. The UDHR has indeed proved to be the catalyst for much of the new international law of human rights that has fundamentally changed the theory and practice of the law of the nations during the last four decades

Adapted from Gunnar G. Schram in Asbjorn Eide et al, Eds., The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Commentary (1992) 228.