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
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
Freelance Horn of Africa advisor/consultant. Produced over 100 country reports (on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, The Sudan) for various organisations and legal firms.
Judith Beyer is a Professor of Anthropology (tenure track) at the University of Konstanz in Germany.
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.
Barrister and academic, with vast research, publishing and advisory experience across Russian and CIS affairs; fluent in Russian
Academic expertise in Rwandan social and political matters including issues of revenge killings, internal relocation, ongoing vulnerability and trafficking, availability of medical care. Over a decade of experience of providing evidence in court of law.
Development Anthropologist with expert knowledge on Ethiopia and Eritrea and considerable experience in writing expert reports for the use in asylum cases.
Expertise across the Former Soviet States (excluding Prebaltics) and extensive experience (over 999 since 2001) of expert reports and oral evidence - instructed by over 60 firms of solicitors and NGOs. A list is available on request.
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.
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.
Expert on the politics, refugees, human rights, culture and society (including women’s issues, caste and ethnicity) of Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugees and experienced in writing expert reports in asylum cases.
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
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.
Academic with expertise on many countries in the Middle East
PhD in Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter
Countries of expertise: Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Expert on Afghanistan with experience of producing several hundred expert reports on asylum cases from 2004 onwards on all aspects of Afghanistan and has acted as expert witness in trials in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. In recent months expert has produced several reports on Pakistani asylum seeker.
Dr Gordon (PhD) is a freelance China researcher. Her expertise on China stretches the legal, political and social fields, with particular attention to human rights abuses. She has written over 110 reports for cases in the UK, USA and Australia on issues including the family planning policy, hukou denial to children, gangs, infertility and religious persecution. As an expert in the field, Dr Gordon has spoken at a range of prestigious locations from Duke University to the UNHCR Global Forum on Statelessness in The Hague, as well to speak in mainstream media including the BBC World Service. Dr Gordon has advised the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on numerous occasions. Dr Gordon is currently working freelance as a China legal consultant for The Equal Rights Trust and has previously advised the NGO Family for Every Child.
Journalist and Broadcaster, with direct experience of 'post-war' Iraq
Expert Witness with experience of working in Afghanistan since 1994, as of July 2016, Jawad has prepared 550 expert reports for law firms based in Greece, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Authenticates all types of documents originating from Afghanistan.
Michael Hindley has a BA (Hons) in German and French Studies. MA in Comparative Cultural Studies. Post Graduate Diploma in International Law and International Human Rights Law. Former Member of the European Parliament.
Expertise on the Former Soviet Union; South Asia; Middle East; China/Taiwan; Korea.
Lecturer at the Institute for Anthropology, University of Leipzig. Conducted in total three years of field research in northern Somalia. Published author and experienced in expert reports on Somalia/Norther Somalia, in particular, northern Somali clans (Isaaq, Darood/Harti, Dir), minorities in (southern) Somalia such as Midgan, Asharaf and Sheikhaal, and issues of health care and mental health.
DEAN – Humanities and Social Sciences – Karakoram International University
VISITING PROFESSOR – Humboldt University
RESEARCH FELLOW – Wolfgang Goethe University – Extra-Judicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution – LOEWE Research Focus
HONORARY RESEARCH FELLOW – Durham University – Anthropology Department 2014
Dr Ashraf Hoque is a social anthropologist who is interested in migration and diaspora, the anthropology of Islam, and political and legal anthropology. Expert has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Bangladesh and England. In Bangladesh, works with politicians, political parties and their followers in an agricultural community. In England, this expert works with Muslim youth in Luton, religious leaders, local politicians, and the Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets, London.
Expert Witness skilled in advising the courts on cases involving Sri Lankan, Pakistan and the Maldive Islands asylum seekers.