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Sharon Abramowitz is a sociologist, anthropologist, and global health expert based in Boston, MA, USA with specializations in conflict, health, mental health, West Africa, gender, children, and disasters. She has experience providing written and oral expert reports in the USA and the United Kingdom on social, political, economic, and health issues.

Medical Anthropologist/Global Health Consultant - Research Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University Collaborating Expert - Conflict, Health, and Resilience Program, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University Advisory Board Member - Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Regularly consulted about issues pertaining to conflict-affected regions or humanitarian disaster-affected areas in African and non-Africal contexts
Cote d`Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Expertise on religion and politics in a number of African, Asian and Latin American countries - and in a number of languages. Current research includes China (Tibet), Chile, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe; Libya and Syria

Chair in Religion and Politics & Director, Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), University of St. Andrews
Brazil, Burundi, China, Colombia, Cote d`Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Bidoon Expert Immigration Interpreter

Andrea Allen (PhD) is an anthropologist whose areas of expertise include: Brazil, Caribbean, Latin America, sexual and gender minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, women, children, violence (interpersonal and political), human rights, health, and religious persecution.  She has experience as an expert witness.

Lecturer, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, University of Western Ontario
Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Venezuela

Specialist in political violence, human rights, rule of law, democratization, and security and justice with a particular expertise on social/ethnic/political groups at risk of persecution in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. Experience in writing expert reports for asylum cases. 

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan

Political scientist with comprehensive experience from research and Country of Origin reports and documents assessments. Research experience on political economy, opposition and political parties, political rights, democratic institutionalisation, NGOs. Expert on human and political rights abuse, political persecution, LGBT persecution, risk of return and of brutal and degrading treatment and torture.

Senior Researcher in Political Science, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
Angola, Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria

Vast experience of civil and criminal expert reports in addition to reports for immigration proceedings: frequently involved in cases where the internal dynamics of unfamiliar family structures are the central source of contention and/or confusion

Centre for Applied South Asian Studies

Expert on Turkish law, politics and society.


Nadia Bazzaz is an experienced accredited lawyer and a professional Expert Witness with years of experience in Arabic speaking nationals and Arab countries. Nadia leads ‘Near and Middle East’ organisation and conducts research with a team of 6 professional experts. Nadia’s areas of expertise are:

-Access to education, medical service and livelihood issues

-Ethnic groups

-Governance and the rule of law

-Human Rights issues

-Islamic law


-Political groups


-Risk on return

-Verification of all types of documents issued in Arabic language    

-Women issues, honour crimes

Accredited Lawyer and Expert Witness
Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Freelance Horn of Africa advisor/consultant.  Produced over 100 country reports (on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, The Sudan) for various organisations and legal firms.

Freelance Horn of Africa Countries Advisor / Consultant
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan

Writer on Pakistan with world respected knowledge of the country's militants, military, intelligence services, ethnic groups and political paties including the MQM.

Assistant Professor, UAE. Commentator and writer on Pakistan.

Judith Beyer is a Professor of Anthropology (tenure track) at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Legal Anthropologist
Bangladesh (Rohingya only), India (Rohingya only), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Professor of International Studies at the University of Leeds with extensive experience in providing country expert reports for immigration lawyers representing North Korean clients, and detailed knowledge of South Korean policies on persons of North Korean origin.

Professor of International Studies, University of Leeds; Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul 2005.
China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Vietnam

Barrister and academic, with vast research, publishing and advisory experience across Russian and CIS affairs; fluent in Russian

Barrister, Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London; formerly Prof. in Human Rights and International Law, University of North London;previously, Reader in Law, Director of the Pan-European Institute, University of Essex
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

The Expert is a Legal Adviser with experience in Human Rights and International Law. As a Master of Laws and a Ph.D. candidate in Law, the expert is primarily focused in the protection of Human Rights in the international scenario, working with a wide variety of immigration and asylum matters. With practise both in Brazil and in the UK, the expert is skilled to deal with intricate issues and experienced in cases brought to the Supreme Court and to International Courts and aims to find trans and multi-disciplinary approaches involving Law, Critical Theory and International Jurisprudence.

His notable cases include the protection of vulnerable people and issues involving persecution on the basis of race, religious beliefs or sexuality (in which he specializes). He has a vast amount of previous experience with management of complex situations and as a legal representative of the U.S. American Bar Association for Human Rights. The expert has further enhanced his skills as a speaker, by taking part in speeches at Oxford University, United Nations Centre of Human Rights, and the International Red Cross in Iran. The expert has also published his first book in 2017,  and his first collaboration with the Law Society website in 2018.

Immigration Lawyer – LGBTI+ Academic and Activist
Argentina, Brazil, Caribbean, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay

Academic expertise in East African and Southern African social and political matters including: refugees; risk on return; document authentication; state sponsored violence; gross violations of human rights perpetrated by state security forces; political violence, torture and sexual violence; opposition politics and election violence; economy; education; criminal justice system; prison conditions; housing and unemployment; health care; mental health services; gender based violence and human trafficking.

Academic, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Development Anthropologist with expert knowledge on Ethiopia and Eritrea and considerable experience in writing expert reports for the use in asylum cases. 

Reader in the Anthropology of Africa and the Law
Eritrea, Ethiopia

Expertise across the Former Soviet States (excluding Prebaltics) and extensive experience (over a thousand since 2001) of expert reports and oral evidence - instructed by over 60 firms of solicitors and NGOs. A list is available on request.

MEMBER OF SENIOR COMMON ROOM ST. ANTONY'S COLLEGE, OXFORD; Hon Member Russian Academy of Sciences, Daghestan Scientific Centre 1990 -
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Russia (North Caucasus), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Igor Cherstich holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from SOAS.  Fluent in Arabic he has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Libya, focusing on Tribalism, Sufism, Salafism, pre and post-Qaddafi politics, Immigration. He has been consulted as expert on Libyan affairs by Universities (University of Leiden – Van Vollenhoven Institute), Press Agencies (Agence France Press- AFP), Organisations (Human Rights Watch), Newspapers (Corriere della Sera), Radio (Radio Svizzera), and Television (ABC Australia, Channel Four).He has authored a series of expert reports dealing with Libyan asylum seekers.  

Anthropologist Adjunct Professor (Richmond American University in London) Visiting Professor (The Agha Khan University; The Institute of Ismaili Studies)

Elena Consiglio (PhD) is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy of Law (University of Palermo) regional expertise: China (women; migrant labour; human rights; politics; family law; ethnic and religious minorities) and Italy (immigration law, women, ethnic and religious minorities). 

Countries of expertise: China; Italy.

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy of Law

Social Anthropologist (PhD Cambridge, 2002) and Expert/Consultant, with extensive experience in writing expert reports in regards to asylum cases.
Areas of expertise:
• human rights
• the justice system
• gender issues including gender minorities, mixed marriages and domestic violence
• honour killings
• trafficking
• sectarian violence
• criminal and terrorist groups
• political parties
• minority groups
• health system
• land disputes
• other aspects of the politics, culture, society, and history of South Asian countries.

Social Anthropologist, Independent consultant (formerly of SOAS, University of London).
Bangladesh, Bhutan, China (Tibet), Israel (Bedouin only), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Areas of expertise
- Authentication of official and non-official documents
- Country profiles, in particular the Arab states, Kurdistan, Turkey and Afghanistan
- Specific ethno-religious groups and faiths
- Political, social and cultural groups
- Tribal issues: tribes, feuds, structures
- Extremist and violent groups, including religious groups
- Human rights: law, debates and violations
- Women issues: e.g. honour crimes
- Human trafficking
- Economy and finance: oil, private and government sectors
- Disadvantaged groups e.g. children, minorities, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill
- Different sects and faiths of Islam: Shiia, Sunni, Wahabism and others
- Availability of medical services
- State structure, military and security services
- Drug dealing and trafficking
- Integration and multiculturalism
- Extremism and related issues

Director of the Middle East Consultancy Services
Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian Territory (West Bank and Gaza), Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

Tim has been studying Afghanistan since 2001 as a UK government political and military analyst and also at the world-acclaimed international think-tank, SIPRI, in Stockholm. As of September 2016, he has completed over 160 Afghanistan Expert Reports for over 45 law firms.  He is very responsive to short notice deadlines, has a quick turnaround time and he is very happy to discuss early initial thoughts to assist you and your client at no obligation. He has excellent impartial research, analysis and communication skills and was awarded an MBE for his Afghanistan work in 2005. 

Independent analyst running a political/military research company specialising in issues concerning Afghanistan and the surrounding region

Academic with expertise on many countries in the Middle East

Consultant, writer, journalist. Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College, Oxford University.
Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Palestinian Territory (West Bank and Gaza), Syria, Yemen

Independent researcher and Middle East consultant.  Academic with extensive experience in country expert reports, nationality assessment, and language analysis. 

Occupation: Director of the Middle East Consulting Ltd; Honorary Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter 

Director of the Middle East Consulting Ltd
Iran, Iraq, Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Government), Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey