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Experts on countries of origin by country

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

Omer is a Somali speaking solicitor (presently non-practicing), with expertise on all aspects of irregular migration from Africa and Yemen. He is based in the region with offices in the UK, and with extensive experience of delivering clear concise and cogent subject matter expertise to UK courts.

Lawyer
Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen

The Expert is the Founder and Director of Kuwaiti Bedoons Movement. Producing export reports for stateless people as well as, administration and consultations.

Director of Kuwaiti Bedoons Movements
Kuwait

• The Expert was exposed to the Kuwaiti culture and dialect from his childhood all the way to adulthood
• Is familiar with Bidoon areas in Kuwait as he previously visited them.
• Has an in-depth knowledge of the Bidoon’s history, activities and longstanding problems.
• Has had contacts with hundreds of Bidoons including some known political activists.
• Has issued reports that have been influential in the court’s decision process.
• Uses a thorough and a detailed method of assessment.
The Expert was born in 1973 in Iraq, Basra city which is adjacent to the Kuwaiti border. In addition to having Kuwaiti relatives, the geographical proximity of Kuwait to the city of Basra enhanced his exposure to the Kuwaiti culture and dialect from his childhood all the way to adulthood. For instance, interacting with Kuwait nationals who used to cross the borders freely during the eighties during which and the Kuwaiti TV channels where mainstream TV in every Iraqi household in Basra.
The exposure to Bidoons was enhanced following the Iraqi invasion to Kuwait in 1990 as many of them were deported by the Kuwaiti authorities and the majority of them lived in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Thi Qar.
In 1994 he completed his Bachelor Degree in Petroleum Engineering at Baghdad University, and in 2006 he completed his Master degree in Environmental Pollution Control at Birmingham City University and worked as an environmental researcher and advisor in 2007.
Since 2012 the main domain of the Expert’s work has been working with immigration law firms specializing in immigration and asylum work. He has worked with over 1000 immigration related clients. He has provided consultations for solicitors who sought his advice, he has also issued reports for their clients to be used as evidence in courts.
The Expert had the chance to visit Kuwait several times, the last visit was in October 2018. He therefore witnessed directly the life of Bidoons in their main hometowns such as Taima and Sulaibiya.
He became familiar with their cities, streets, shops and landmarks, he also had the chance to meet some of Bidoon prominent figures and activist.

Bidoon Expert
Kuwait

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. 

Lecturer
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
Pakistan

Expert on Turkish law, politics and society.

Lawyer/Academic
Turkey

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.
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

The Expert reads all relevant papers relating to a client free of charge and produces a short report on the case details. He relates these to the evidence already given and how he considers the subsequent hearing will be influenced by these. He rejects requests, if he feels there is very little chance of the client being offered permission to remain. He accepts payment in instalments.

Lecturer in Development Economics
Congo (Republic of), Cote d`Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Namibia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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)
Libya

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

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
Afghanistan