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Christoph Bluth

Professor of International Studies at the University of Leeds with extensive knowledge of the human rights situation and asylum matters relating to political persecution and trafficking. Particular experience and expertise in relation to Vietnamese refugees (political activists, victims of trafficking and persons persecuted for religious activities, Chinese asylum seekers (adherents of persecuted religious groups, political activists and victims of trafficking), and applicants from Pakistan (applicants facing threats in relation to family honour,  issues relating to the blasphemy laws, sexual orientation, applicants facing threats from terrorists and due to their political activities such as members of the UKPNP). I am acknowledged as a leading expert on the Korean peninsula (North Korea and South Korea).  I also have considerable expertise in matters relating to asylum seekers from Iraq and Iran in relation to family honour, political activism and religious persecution. Among numerous publications, reference can be made to the book Security, Culture and Human Rights in South Asia and the Middle East, Global Research Publications 2019, a guide for country experts on the regions.

Name
Christoph Bluth
Occupation
Professor of International Studies, University of Leeds; Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul 2005.
Expertise

QUALIFICATIONS: B.A. Dublin 1980; M.Phil Dublin 1984; Ph.D. London 1989

SPECIFIC AREAS OF STUDY/EXPERTISE: Politics of North Korea, politics of South Korea, security on Korean Peninsula. Detailed knowledge of South Korean policy in relation to granting persons of North Korean origin permission to enter the country, residence, support and citizenship and extensive experience in providing country expert reports for immigration lawyers representing North Korean clients (including some experience of giving testimony at tribunals) and clients from other countries in my list (including Pakistan, Vietnam and Afrghanistan). Also detailed knowledge of Chinese, Russian, Pakistani, Iranian, Iraqi and European politics.

Publications

'Korea', published by Polity Press 2008 (also in Korean language by Hanul Press 2009)

Numerous books and papers on Korean, Chinese, Russian, South Asian and European security

Languages
Basic Korean, fluent English, German, French, basic Mandarin, intermediate Russian
Ethnic groups expertise
Extensive networks in South Korea, links with the North Korean refugee community in the UK and experience in meetings with North Korean diplomats. Extensive experience with the Pakistani communities in Bradford. Substantial research experience, travel and connections in China.
Political groups expertise
Advisor to the Honorable Park Jin, National Assembly, Korea
Religious groups expertise
Extensive experience with Korean and Chinese Christian churches in the UK and South Korea
Other social groups expertise
Extensive networks in South Korea, links with the North Korean refugee community in the UK and experience in meetings with North Korean diplomats. Extensive experience with the Pakistani communities in Bradford
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