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Experts on countries of origin by country

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

Current Position

2017 – current – Senior Research Fellow – Centre for Socio-Legal Studies – School of Law - University of Oxford

2016 – current – full professor with tenure (on Leave) – University of Padua

2016 – 2021 – PI of European Research Council project – Cultural Expertise in Europe (EURO-EXPERT)

Past Position

DEAN – Humanities and Social Sciences – Karakoram International University

Professor of Anthropology - LUMS

Academician
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

Iranian Lawyer and PhD in Middle East international politics and law (Durham Univ) - with vast experience in producing expert reports on Iranian Law and the Judicial System; also available to comment on the authentication of legal and other official documents.

Iranian lawyer and lecturer in international comparative criminal law; member of the International Bar Association and its Human Rights Institute.
Iran

Roya Kashefi is the head of  Human Rights Committee of Association des Chercheurs Iraniens (ACI), an international non-profit organisation dedicated to unbiased and objective study of Iranian issues. Roya has presented papers at many international conferences including the United Nations, UK, European and EU Parliaments. Roya has a close working relationship with ethnic and religious groups inside and outside Iran as well as expert knowledge of Iranian political groups and parties.

Senior Researcher and Head of Human Rights Committee – Association des Chercheurs Iraniens (ACI)
Iran

Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University, Halle/S., Germany. Many years of experience preparing expert reports. Issues dealt with: human rights, ethnicity, religion, gender-related discrimination/violence, female genital cutting/mutilation (FGC/FGM), secret societies, political activism/persecution, trafficking, child soldiers, domestic and sexual slavery, homophobia.

Occupation: Head of the Research Group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast“ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University, Halle/S., Germany.
Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Experienced country of origin expert for all nationals from Southeast Asia and China; specialist from one of the leading think-tanks in the world. Have provided expert witness reports for fifteen years for asylum cases in the UK, Europe, and US for nationals from across South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia. Also have provided expert witness reports for non-asylum immigration cases for nationals from South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia.

Senior Fellow, Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations
Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

Extensive experience in expert reports on all the countries listed, and also in particular, Kurds in country of origin and diaspora

Freelance writer & broadcast journalist since 1985 specializing in Near East; photographer
Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Western Sahara, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Turkey

Intercultural and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, specialising in issues relevant to various Muslim countries, incl vendettas, honour killing, domestic violence, PTSD, Rape Trauma Syndrome, assault in detention and traumas of migration and exile.

Intercultural and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Formerly taught English to speakers of other languages. Also worked for the Refugee Council, Goldsmiths’ College, and Nafsiyat Inter cultural Therapy Centre.
Albania, Iran, Iraq, Turkey

Academic, based in USA, experienced in written and oral expert reports in USA, Canada and UK, on many social groups and diverse matters including violence and torture.

Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology (former Professor of History, University of California)
Benin, Ghana, Togo

Expert on stateless Kurds of Syria, and authentication of documents related to stateless Kurds (ajanib & maktumeen). Speaks Arabic and Kurdish (Kurmanci dialect).

Independent Researcher
Syria

Expert on Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Qatar and UAE. Award-winning freelance journalist and author, presenter, producer and consultant specialising in the Middle East. Born in Jedda, Saudi Arabia and studied Arabic at Pembroke College, Oxford University.

Author, Journalist and Consultant
Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Former British diplomat with experience of the Arab world, Greece, Cyprus and former Soviet Union; knowledge of Arabic, Greek and Russian, experience of translating documents. 

Retired Diplomat
Cyprus, Libya, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

The expert has prepared hundreds of expert opinions on Pakistani Law matters for English Law firms and is an expert on all Political Groups in Pakistan.

BARRISTER-AT-LAW (N.P)
Pakistan
An experienced academician in law and former Senior Lecturer in Pakistani Law at several Law Colleges in Pakistan since 1996 and an Associate of the Asian Legal Advice Service UK
Pakistan

Journalist and researcher, with more than twenty years experience reporting on human rights, development issues and related humanitarian affairs. Has prepared a number of expert witness reports for the UK, USA and the Netherlands. Extensive base of complementary knowledge in Francophone Africa. 

Journalist and Researcher specialising in Sub-Sahara Africa
Angola, Cameroon, Congo (Republic of), Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Academic/Development Specialist with specific interest in nationality, ethnicity, governance, religion and risk of persecution.

Senior Fellow University of Manchester (Hon.); Senior Lecturer in International Development University of Manchester IDPM (1981-2003); United Nations (1985/6) (1989/91) Assoc. Professor University of Wisconsin (1980-1981)
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Tunisia

Iranian lawyer with substantial work experience with clients, courts, police, etc in Iran, as well as international organizations. Expert in Iranian legal system and Islamic law. Available also for authentication of Iranian documents

Iranian Attorney at Law and Visiting Lecturer at Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London
Iran

Author, speaker and Country Expert (DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan) and Expert Witness in Social Cultural, Linguistic, Religious and Ethnic Issues in Litigation (Great Lakes Region of Africa).

Director, Researcher and Expert Witness (Expert Advisory and Research Services, UK)
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda

Area of expertise: For opinions on Indian Law on Citizenship and Nationality issues, Family law including inter-faith marriages and mixed race children, child custody and abduction, caste system and Honour killings, Civil and Criminal law including crimes committed against women, Human Rights Law, Homosexuality, police persecution of Sikhs and those involved with Maoists groups, Domestic Violence Law, functioning and role of local police, relocation in India, Conversion of religion, validity and authenticity of Indian documents, foreign exchange violations and money laundering and cross border issues involving Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Nepalese nationals.

Advocate in the Indian Judicial System since 1999.
India

Former practising solicitor in Iran with expertise of the Iranian legal and court system and Iranian documents. Fluent in Farsi.

Former Iranian lawyer
Iran

Iranian present solicitor with 13 years’ experience in Judicial system, within various sections of the Judiciary in Iran.

13 YEARS SOLICITOR IN IRAN, APPLY TO REGISTER WITH LAW SOCIETY. EXPERT WITH IRANIAN CRIMINAL AND CIVIL CASES.
Iran

David Seddon - specialist in politics and human rights especially in Franco-phone and Arabic- speaking Africa and the Middle East - experience of expert reports especially on subject of social/ethnic/political groups at risk of persecution, brutal and degrading treatment and torture. criticalfaculty1@hotmail.co.uk tel 01379669109 (answer phone),07718 122 245 (mobile).

Director of Critical Faculty, an independent consultancy undertaking risk analysis, mainly in the political field; also research associate at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Exeter.
Afghanistan, Algeria, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara, Nepal, Niger, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen

Dr Chris Smith has completed over 1,000 expert witness reports on Sri Lanka, since 2005, primarily for the UK courts but also in Australia, Canada and the USA

Most recent one month research visit to Northern Sri Lanka in February 2018.  Will visit the Eastern Province later in 2018.

Oral expert evidence in all recent Sri Lankan Country Guidance cases from LP to GJ and Others.

Also, India, especially Tamil Nadu.

Senior Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London, PhD, MA, B.SocSci
Sri Lanka