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Experts on countries of origin by country

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

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
Pakistan

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

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

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.

Lecturer, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Rwanda

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

Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Eritrea, Ethiopia

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.

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)
Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Western Sahara, Sudan, Tunisia

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
China

Expert on the politics, refugees, human rights, culture and society (including women’s issues, caste and ethnicity) of PakistanNepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugees and experienced in writing expert reports in asylum cases.

Anthropologist, independent consultant (formerly of SOAS, University of London)
Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, 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 Authority, 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
Afghanistan

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 Authority, Syria, Yemen

PhD in Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter

Countries of expertise: Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Independent scholar, Freelance Middle East consultant
Iran, Iraq

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.  

Director, AG Research and Analysis Consultancy; consultant; analyst
Afghanistan, Pakistan

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. 

Freelance China specialist
China

Journalist and Broadcaster, with direct experience of 'post-war' Iraq

Documentary film maker and journalist;
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. 

Practicing Expert for Afghanistan. Jawad runs Arianna Expert Research & Consultancy (AERC), a registered company offering expertise to the U.K and E.U law firms and other type of organisations. AERC Company registration: England & Wales 7423904. Jawad is member of various national and international professional bodies.
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.

Freelance political consultant
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Moldova, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Ukraine, Vietnam

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.

Lecturer, Institute for Anthropology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Somalia

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

Anthropologist of Law
India, Pakistan

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.

Anthropologist / Research Associate
Bangladesh

Expert Witness skilled in advising the courts on cases involving Sri Lankan, Pakistan and the Maldive Islands asylum seekers.

Journalist and Editor.
Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka