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Experts on countries of origin by country

Aguilar, Professor M.I.

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

Occupation: Chair in Religion and Politics & Director, Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), University of St. Andrews
Countries of expertise: 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

Chowdhury, Anwar Ahmed

Specialist in political oppression, human rights, Expanding Communal Riot, Rule of Law, Freedom of Speech and Government Rulings, and Security and Justice with a particular expertise on social/ethnic/political groups at risk of persecution in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Myanmar. Experience in writing legal grounds and producing expert reports for asylum cases, persecution, gender inequality, Religious Extremists and vulnerable condition of women and children, etc

Expertise in the Laws of Immigration, Right of Immigrant, Human Rights under the purview of various Social and Political aspects of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Myanmar.

Occupation: Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Barrister-at-Law, Consultant of Immigration laws, Public Private Partnerships, Investment Risks Analysis including Insurance and Reinsurance Practice and Laws.
Countries of expertise: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan

Holden, Livia

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

Occupation: Academician
Countries of expertise: India, Pakistan

Panjwani, Dr Imranali

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

Occupation: Head of Diverse Legal Consulting, UK & Lecturer in Law at Anglia Ruskin University
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Iraq (Kurdistan Regional Government), Malaysia, Morocco and Western Sahara, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Yemen

Puri, Mr. Shantanu Mohan

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.

Occupation: Advocate in the Indian Judicial System since 1999.
Countries of expertise: India

Smith, Dr Chris

Dr Chris Smith has completed over 2,000 expert witness reports on Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan 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 March 2019 (Northern and Eastern Provinces).  Will visit again later in 2019 for Country Guidance research.

Oral expert evidence in all recent Sri Lankan Country Guidance cases from LP to GJ and Others. Commissioned for forthcoming CG on sur place activities.

Also, India, especially Tamil Nadu and Khalistan and LGBTQ. Research visits to India and Pakistan are planned for early-2020.

Extensive field work and publications record in India from 1983, including PhD on India’s defence industry and security sector (1988) and two year tenure at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies/United Nations University (Delhi) (1983-85).

Expert witness research trip planned for early-2020 (Chandigarh, Delhi, Chennai etc).  Focus upon LGBTQ, anti-terrorist operations, security sector,

Also, extensive fieldwork on Pakistan, especially illegal weapons proliferation, security sector, governance, human rights.  Further field research on Ahmadi, Christian, LGBTQ planned for early-2009.

Occupation: Senior Research Fellow, School of Advanced Study, University of London, PhD, MA, B.SocSci. (Previously King’s College, London and University of Sussex.)
Countries of expertise: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Tran, Thi Lan Anh

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.

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

Wali, Farhaan

The Expert is a sociologist and religious studies expert with specialisation in Asia and the Middle East. He has authored over 150 subject-specific expert legal reports concerning human rights, asylum and terrorism cases. The Expert has spent several years in the field, carrying out research both in Britain and abroad, enabling him to generate expert reports on the country conditions of asylum applicants. The Expert has been involved in several cross-cultural research projects in the private and public sector. As an expert in South Asia, he spent several years conducting extensive fieldwork across South Asia. In Pakistan, he worked alongside local politicians and social workers, gaining considerable insight into national and local political and legal structures in Pakistan. This makes him a regional expert of South Asia and the Muslim world, especially related to religion, society, culture and politics. He is a peer-reviewed member of the academic community and currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Science at Bangor University. He has authored three books: (1) Radicalism Unveiled (Routledge, 2013); (2) Segregated Britain: Everyday Life in Muslim Enclaves (Peter Lang, 2020); (3) Leaving Islamism (Peter Lang, Forthcoming).

Occupation: Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Science at Bangor University (UK)
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan