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Experts on countries of origin by country

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

Chenciner, Robert

Expertise across the Former Soviet States (excluding Prebaltics) and extensive experience (over a thousand since 2001) of expert reports and oral evidence - instructed by over 60 firms of solicitors and NGOs. A list is available on request.

Occupation: Academic Visitor 2019-2021, formerly Member of Senior Common Room, Senior Associate Member/ Academic Visitor, St Antony’s College Oxford, 1987-2019
Countries of expertise: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Russia (North Caucasus), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Hoehne, Dr. Rano Turaeva

The Expert 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

Occupation: Expert/ Consultant/Analyst/Researcher
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Russia (North Caucasus), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Radeljic, Dr Branislav

The Expert is an academic, consultant and policy analyst, specializing in EU, Balkan and East European political and socioeconomic development. He has a BA from the University of Rome La Sapienza, two MA degrees from the Free University of Brussels, and a PhD from the University of London. He has lectured for many years at the University of East London and has held visiting appointments at Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh. The Expert is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (2012), editor of Europe and the post-Yugoslav Space (2013), Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014) and European Community-Yugoslav Relations: Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992) (2017), and co-editor of Religion in the post-Yugoslav Context (2015) and Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences (2016). He has presented his research findings at numerous conferences and workshops, and has regularly been invited to give talks and commentary to different media outlets.

Occupation: Academic, Consultant and Policy Analyst
Countries of expertise: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia

Sturdee, Nick

BBC journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with extensive experience of travelling to and investigating human rights abuses in Russia, including Chechnya, Belarus and other parts of the former USSR. Also considerable experience working with victims of human rights abuses in location in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Israel / Palestine, China, Turkey and Cuba.

Occupation: BBC Journalist, documentary film-maker, broadcaster
Countries of expertise: Afghanistan, Belarus, Iraq, Myanmar, Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan