Nurul Azizah Zayzda

PhD Candidate

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Nurul Azizah Zayzda is a PhD student at Melbourne Law School. She is a member of PhD Program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies- Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Center for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society and Asian Law Center. She previously worked as a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and Research Centre for Gender, Child and Community Services, based in Jenderal Soedirman University, Indonesia. Nurul has researched in migration and human rights issues, particularly on the issues of refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers and published her works in academic journals and edited volumes.

She holds an MA in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights from the University of Nottingham and BA in Political Sciences from Gadjah Mada University. Her PhD research is focused on the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia as a transit country.

Thesis Title

Southeast Asian States’ Behaviour on International Human Rights Regime and the Dynamics of Citizenship Practice Affecting Refugees’ Lives

Thesis Summary

This research examines refugees and asylum seekers’ enjoyment of human rights in transit country with a focus on the experience in Indonesia. The aim is to understand how Indonesian citizenship, reflected in laws, regulations and practices, affect refugees’ access to social rights. The research considers the postcolonial critiques of citizenship to comprehend the discourses of citizenship, i.e., who have been excluded from citizenship and how have the contents of social rights been determined. As a part of this inquiry, the research looks at Indonesian state’s engagement with international human rights regime by critically appraising the discourse of non-citizen’s rights and state’s responsibility embodied in the international regime. The nature of citizenship will serve as a background to explain the lack of refugees’ access to social rights, particularly the health and education services.


  • Citizenship Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Migration Law