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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

Writer, and Refugee Resettlement Expert for UNHCR.
The expert has worked for UNHCR in Uganda, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea and Jordan, and interviewed and reviewed the cases of several thousand refugees in West and East Africa and the Middle East about their experiences in their countries of origin and asylum. She has researched, written and reviewed more than a thousand country of origin information reports.

The expert is also a writer who has published extensively on human rights and development education, globalization and conflict, refugee experiences, and travel in Africa and the Middle East.
She is extremely responsive to short notice deadlines, has a quick turnaround time.

Refugee Resettlement Expert
Burundi, Central African Republic, Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iraq, Kuwait, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda


Dr. Imranali Panjwani is the Head of Diverse Legal Consulting, UK ( and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Notre Dame Australia. He has the unique combination of being a lawyer and academic having lived and worked in the UK, Middle East and Sydney. His country expert reports draw upon primary country and theological sources with stringent analysis of evidence, law and language. He resides in the UK.

Head of Diverse Legal Consulting, UK Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Notre Dame Australia
Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Government), Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco and Western Sahara, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory (West Bank and Gaza), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

The Expert is a North Africa and Middle East specialist and has produced over 400 expert witness reports for the UK courts across a range of countries including Libya, Iraq (including KRI), Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. The Expert has also served as an expert witness in several terrorism related cases in the UK, US and Ireland; as an expert witness in a Libyan case at the Commercial Division of the UK’s High Court; and as a country guidance expert on Libya in the UK courts (2017). The Expert has also carried out numerous linguistic and nationality assessments and provides translation services (Arabic-English). 

Senior Visiting Fellow, Kings College London and Senior Associate, Menas Associates.
Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Government), Libya, Tunisia

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.

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

Former Iranian lawyer

Iranian present solicitor with 13 years’ experience in Judicial system, within various sections of the Judiciary in 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. 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 Territory (West Bank and Gaza), Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen

The Expert is a bi-lingual (English and French) independent investigative journalist and researcher with seventeen years experience of covering politics, migration, religious affairs, extremism, development and human rights issues, LGBTQ issues, corruption and economics in west Africa. She has worked for international outlets such as Bloomberg, Reuters, the New York Times and the Sunday Times, and has a degree from the School of Oriental Studies in sub-Saharan African religious studies. She has worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Control Risks and other global risk consultancies, conducting hundreds of investigations into religious extremism, financial misconduct, political manipulation and subsequent human rights and development issues.

Investigative journalist and researcher specialising in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d`Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone

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

Friederike Stahlmann is member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany. Her main areas of expertise regarding Afghanistan are:


- Critical areas of governance (state and non-state)

- Armed factions (Warlords, Taliban, ISIS)

- Laws and judicial system

- Islamic Law in theory and practice

- Failures of justice institutions (state and non-state)

- Human Rights: law, debates and violations

- Particularly vulnerable groups

- Unaccompanied minor refugees

- Availability of medical service

- Afghan diaspora in Pakistan and Iran

PhD Candidate, Consultant

Dr. Tran Thi Lan Anh (PhD in Law) has worked as a senior official for the Vietnamese Government. Expert holds PhD in Law from the School of Law, University of Leeds and worked as post-doctoral researcher on human rights here.

Dr. Tran Thi Lan Anh is also an expert on various aspect of Vietnam in include the socio-economic system, legal regime, human rights, political regime, women and children, and human trafficking. This expert has written many expert reports and made numerous appearances at the court as an expert witness.

Independent Consultant, Representative for the Vietnam Private Business Association in the United Kingdom; Visiting lecturer at Hanoi National Economics University
Cambodia, China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam

Dr. Hoehne Turaeva, Rano is a Country Expert and academic with extensive fieldwork expeirience and providing expert reports (100+) for more than 40 firms in the UK, US, Netherlands, and Canada with areas of expertise such as but not limited to:

- Authentication documents originating from countries of expertise
- Country reports on the indicated countries of expertise
- Minority groups, religious groups
- Political, social and cultural groups: LGBT
- Organized crime and mafia, state crime
- Extremist and violent groups, including religious groups
- Human rights violations
- Women issues: honor killing
- Human trafficking
- Psychiatry and prison conditions
- Disadvantaged groups e.g. children, minorities, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill
- Availability of medical services
- State structure, military and security services
- Drug dealing and trafficking

Expert/ Consultant/Analyst/Researcher
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Dr Farhaan Wali is a religious studies expert with specialisation in South Asia. He has spent several years in the field, carrying out research across Pakistan, India and Afghanistan; he has spent over 10 years engaging in field research, and case study analysis, working intimately with religious communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. He is a peer-reviewed member of the academic community, currently lecturing at Bangor University. He has authored 25 expert legal reports between January 2018 and July 2018, particularly in immigration, asylum and terrorism cases, where his specialised academic knowledge has been invoked and cited.

Lecturer in Religious Studies at Bangor University (UK)
Afghanistan, India, Pakistan

I am a published doctoral researcher focusing on contemporary Lao culture, politics and society both within Laos and the diaspora. I am particularly interested in ethnic minorities within Laos

PhD Anthropology - Goldsmiths, London (2013-)

MSc Applied Social Research - University of Hull (2011-2013)

Bsc Sci Social Anthropology – University of Manchester (2002-2005)Doctoral researcher with considerable expertise on Laos. 

Doctoral Researcher