Academic/Development Specialist with specific interest in nationality, ethnicity, governance, religion and risk of persecution.
Academic Qualifications: Ph.D. African Politics (Edin) Licence: comparative religion/Arabic (Fra.) (French government scholarship).
Specific Areas of expertise: Ethnicity, risk of persecution, conflict, post-conflict human rights regimes, religious persecution, convention reasons for asylum, peacekeeping.
Experience of work with national or international organisations: United Nations, World Bank, African Development Bank, European Parliament, EU, DFID, Govts. Of Ireland, Netherlands, Canada and Australia, UK FCO, Commonwealth Secretariat; NGOs.
Countries and 'in-country' areas visited: Tanzania (70-75/94/95/ 2000/2002-3) Burundi (1989/91; 98) Rwanda(1989/91; 98; 2000) Somalia (1988/89, 1994, 2005/06 and 2009); Burma (1985-86); Syria (1987-88), Egypt (1997; 98, 2000) Bhutan (1988-89) Bosnia (2002); Djibouti and Kenya (1998, 2003, 2005 and 2009).
Presented expert evidence in four Country Guidance cases with Court appearances, provided expert evidence to over 400 First and Upper Tier Tribunal, as well as Family Court and Court of Appeal; also submitted expert evidence to the European Parliament, European Court of Justice, Supreme Court of Finland, and to immigration jurisdictions in the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, U.S. and Australia. Expertise and specialist interest is in nationality verification and authentication, ECHR Convention issues, ethnicity, minorities -religious and political- and the risk of persecution and return.
3 books/monographs; 19 peer reviewed articles; 50 plus consultancy reports.