The right to a nationality is recognized in a series of international legal instruments, including:
- Article 15 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality."
- the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,
- the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
- the Convention on the Rights of the Child,
- the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,
- the Convention on the Nationality of Married Women,
- the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
The issues of nationality and statelessness are also regulated in: