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Experts on countries of origin by surname

Ballard, Roger

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

Occupation: Centre for Applied South Asian Studies
Countries of expertise: Pakistan

Bayir, Dr Derya

Expert on Turkish law, politics and society.

Occupation: Lawyer/Academic
Countries of expertise: Turkey

Behzad Hakkak, Mohammad

Fact-Finding Services Afghanistan (FFSA)


1- Fact-Finding focused on legal cases

2- Information regarding particular issues, medical services, mental health services

3- Obtaining formal documents from Afghanistan governments institutions based on a power of attorney issued by the consulates/embassies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Representative customers include:

- Afghan refugees living abroad

- Government offices of different countries

- Immigration offices

- Individuals seeking formal confirmations

- International organisations

- Law firms

- Private companies

- Research institutions

Occupation: Fact-Finding Services Afghanistan (FFSA)
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan

Bekalo, Dr Samuel Ayele

Freelance Horn of Africa advisor/consultant.  Produced over 100 country reports (on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, The Sudan) for various organisations and legal firms.

Occupation: Freelance Horn of Africa Countries Advisor / Consultant
Countries of expertise: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan

Bennett-Jones, Owen

Writer on Pakistan with world-respected knowledge of the country's militants, military, intelligence services, ethnic groups and political parties, including the MQM. He has worked for the BBC and was a visiting Professor at Princeton University and USCWriter on Pakistan with world-respected knowledge of the country's militants, military, intelligence services, ethnic groups and political parties, including the MQM. He has worked for the BBC and was a visiting Professor at Princeton University and USC

Occupation: Writer on Pakistan.
Countries of expertise: Pakistan

Beyer, Judith

The Expert is a Full Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Occupation: Legal Anthropologist
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh (Rohingya only), India (Rohingya only), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Birchall, John

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.

Occupation: Lecturer in Development Economics
Countries of expertise: Cameroon, Congo (Republic of), Cote d`Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Bluth, Christoph

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.

Occupation: Professor of International Studies, University of Leeds; Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul 2005.
Countries of expertise: China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Vietnam

Bowring, Prof William S B

Barrister and academic, with vast research, publishing and advisory experience across Russian and CIS affairs; fluent in Russian

Occupation: 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
Countries of expertise: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Bussmann, Gustavo

With a Ph.D. in Human Rights and Democracy, 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. The Expert is a Diversity and Inclusion Officer and a Legal Adviser with experience in Human Rights and International Law, previouslysponsored by The Law Society of England and Wales and benefitted from the Government Authorised Scheme to share and acquire knowledge, experience and best practices of Law and Human Rights in the United Kingdom. With practise both in Brazil and in the UK, I am skilled to deal with intricate issues and experienced in cases brought to the Supreme Court and to International Courts; The Expert aims to find trans and multi-disciplinary approaches involving Law, Critical Theory and International Jurisprudence.

As a lawyer, The Expert's experience encompasses the presentation of research and reports in human rights issues involving migrants and asylum seekers. Also, responsibilities that include research and preparation of reports on human rights and international law; sexual orientation, gender identity and sexuality; race and ethnicity; cultural practices and comparative/public international law;

As a result of their thesis The Expert is carrying out several research projects that relate to the international protection of LGBTI identities. The Expert scrutinizes decisions and propose critical and technical analysis calculating methodical approaches to problem solving and addressing the Law to concrete situations. Notable cases include the protection of vulnerable people and issues involving persecution on the basis of race, religious beliefs or sexuality (in which I specialize). With 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 their 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 published their first book in 2017  and their first collaboration with the Law Society website in 2018. The Expert presented their final thesis in 2019 – with honours.

Occupation: Immigration Lawyer – LGBTI+ Academic and Activist
Countries of expertise: Argentina, Brazil, Caribbean, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay