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Corinna-Barbara Francis

China expert with 30+ years academic, human rights and human trafficking experience. 20+ years experience writing China country expert witness reports for UK asylum cases on wide range of substantive grounds. 5+ years experience as UK NRM first responder.

Corinna-Barbara Francis
Independent Consultant

China expert with 30+ years academic, human rights and human trafficking experience, including 15+ years as a professor and lecturer of Chinese domestic and international politics in the US and the UK, 15+ years in Chinese human rights and human trafficking research, advocacy and campaigning. I have 8+ years experience working as an independent China consultant writing commissioned reports on China human rights, human trafficking and general Chinese politics.


I have been writing expert witness country reports for Chinese national asylum and human rights cases in the UK for over 20 years, including on a wide range of thematic issues, including political and religious persecution, human trafficking, ethnic minority persecution [particularly Tibet and Uyghurs], family planning violation risks and other human rights grounds.

As a first responder with the Salvation Army, I have extensive knowledge of the UK’s NRM system, and the human trafficking of Chinese nationals transnationally and within the UK.


“China and Tibet Reports”, Freedom in the World 2020, Freedom House, New York, NY, January


“China Report”, Freedom in the World 2017, Freedom House, New York, NY, January 2017.

“China’s Trade in Tools of Torture and Repression,” Amnesty International Publications,

International Secretariat, London, U.K. 2014 (with the Omega Foundation).

“’Changing the Soup but not the Medicine?’ Abolishing Re-education through Labour in China,”

Amnesty International Publications, International Secretariat, London, U.K. 2013.

“Briefing on China’s 2013 Criminal Procedure Law: In line with International Standards?” Amnesty

International Publications, ASA 17/021/2013, International Secretariat, London, U.K, 2013.

“’Justice, Justice’: The July 2009 Protests in Xinjiang, China,” Amnesty International Publications, ASA

17/027/2010, International Secretariat, London, U.K. 2010.

“People’s Republic of China: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Fourth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council,” Amnesty International Publications, ASA 17/097/2008, International Secretariat, London, U.K. 2009.

“People’s Republic of China: The Olympics Countdown—Crackdown on Tibetan Protesters,” Amnesty International Publications, ASA 17/070/2008, International Secretariat, London, U.K, 2008

. “People’s Republic of China: Internal Migrants: Discrimination and Abuse, the Human Cost of an Economic Miracle.” ASA 17/008/2007, International Secretariat, London, U.K. 2007.

“Quasi-Public, Quasi-Private Trends in Emerging Market Economies: The Case of China,” Comparative Politics, Vol. 33, No. 3, April 2001. Pp. 275-294.

“Ironies and Obstacles to China’s Housing Privatization”, in Privatization and Labor in Post-Socialist and Developing Countries: The Economic and Organizational Effects, Marsha Pripstein Posusney and Linda Cook, eds. (Hants, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2001).

“The Role of China’s Defense Industry in the National System of Innovation,” Judith Reppy, ed., The Place of the Defense Industry in National Systems of Innovation (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Peace Studies Program, 2000).

“Bargained Property Rights: China’s High Technology Spin-off Firms,” Andrew Walder and Jean Oi, eds., Property Rights and Economic Reform in China, pp. 333-362. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999).

“Science in China: the Era of Reforms: How Universities and Institutes are going into Business” (Original in French: “La Science en China: L’ere des reformes: Comment universites et instituts de recherche se lancent dans les affairs”), La Recherche (Paris, France), No. 313, October 1998, pp. 64-76.

"Continuities in the PRC's Danwei System in the Context of China's Market Economy: The Case of Haidian District's High-Tech Sector." The China Quarterly, September, 1996. Pp. 839-859.

"Commercialization without Privatization: Government Spin-offs in China's High-tech Sector". Judith B. Sedaitis, ed., Commercializing High Technology: East and West: Selected Conference Papers (Stanford: Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University, 1996), pp. 259-284.

"China's Capitalist Socialism" Review of William Overholt's The Rise of China: How Economic Reform in Creating a New Superpower (New York: Norton Press, 1993), in The Boston Book Review, Vol. 1, no. 4, Fall, 1994.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish.
Ethnic groups expertise
Chinese, Tibetan [China], Uyghur [China]
Political groups expertise
General political dissidents, human rights defenders.
Religious groups expertise
Falun Gong, house Christians, Catholics, Buddhists,
Other social groups expertise
Human trafficking victims, risk based on family planning violations.
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