Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Iraq - COI

Click here  to see the host countries of refugees originating from Iraq.

Charles W Dunne

Email: szukeatmei [dot] edu or charleswdunneatgmail [dot] com

Charles W. Dunne is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, a member of the John Hay Initiative, and has recently advised two presidential campaigns on Near East policy. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon (2007-2008), and was director of Middle East and North Africa programs from 2011 to 2015 at Freedom House, where he focused on human rights and democracy promotion in the region. Prior to joining Freedom House, he was Director for Iraq at the National Security Council from 2005-2007. Dunne spent 24 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving overseas in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Madras, India, and later served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he contributed to the development of presidential initiatives to advance political reform and democracy in the Broader Middle East and North Africa. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He is a frequent media guest on outlets such as BBC, al-Jazeera, and al-Hurra, and has appeared on CBS, Fox, and NPR.  He has written for numerous publications, including the   Washington Post  ,   US News and World Report  , the   American Interest  , and   The National   in Dubai. He has often spoken in public on Middle East issues on panels and major conferences.

Dr Rebwar Fatah

Email: rebwaratmideastconsultancy [dot] com / infoatmideastconsultancy [dot] com

Dr Rebwar Fatah is the founder and Managing Director of MECS. He has extensive knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa, and of Western involvement in that region. Dr Fatah has been working as a Middle East expert since 2000, and has produced hundreds of reports for court purposes. Dr Fatah's reports have been cited in over two thousand immigration appeals, as well as family and criminal cases in which his expertise has been accepted. A number of media outlets and professional bodies also rely on his opinion, as well as IOM, UNHCR, and national government bodies. Dr Fatah’s commercial and financial knowledge of the Middle East and the western market, coupled with his deep knowledge of technology and its implementation makes him unique in his field. He regularly visits the Middle East conducting fact-finding missions to ensure that his knowledge is up to date and based on reliable information. Dr Fatah speaks most of the Middle Eastern languages as well as their various dialects. Dr Fatah’s Country Expert Reports cover a wide range of issues, including general security (examining the actions of state and non-state actors) and sufficiency of protection, crimes of honour, healthcare, corruption, employment markets, and at-risk groups of different sexual, religious, political and cultural profiles.

Dr Alan George

Email: arg1atcompuserve [dot] com

Dr George is a consultant, writer and journalist, with extensive knowledge of the Middle East. Since 1984 he has worked as a freelance journalist, researcher and expert witness in political asylum cases involving the Middle East. He frequently commentates on Middle Eastern affairs for radio and television, and contributes to the  Observer , the  Independent  and the  Guardian . He is a former Head of Research at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and a former Assistant Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU). Since 2003, Dr George has acted as an Expert Witness for UK, US and European asylum and immigration tribunals, dealing with cases involving Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories and has produced some 4,000 reports.

Dr Farangis Ghaderi

Website: www.middleast-consulting.com 
Email:  infoatmiddleast-consulting [dot] com or f [dot] ghaderiatexeter [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Farangis Ghaderi is the founder and director of Middle East Consulting Ltd, a research and consultancy company based in the UK. She has worked as an independent Middle East expert since 2012 and has extensive experience in providing country expert reports, nationality assessment, and document authentication for court purposes. Dr Ghaderi holds a PhD in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter. As an academic she has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research in international conferences. She speaks fluent Kurdish and Farsi and has working knowledge of Arabic and Dari. She is familiar with different Kurdish dialects and has prepared language expert reports for Kurdish asylum seekers from Iran and Iraq whose nationality have been disputed. Dr Ghaderi is prepared to provide country expert reports on Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Martin Jerrett

Email: martin_jerrettatyahoo [dot] com

From 2003-2008, Mr. Jerrett worked in Iraq and also in Qatar for the UK Ministry of Defence as a Subject Matter Expert for the Iraqi Survey Group. He worked on a GIS mapping project and a tribal database in Iraq. Martin worked in a regional crime liaison office for Iraq on Doha, where he received recognition for his efforts and achievements. Mr. Jerrett speaks Arabic and has also done extensive work in Libya and Yemen. 

Dr George Joffé

Tel: +44 20 76 04 30 27 
Email: emailatgeorgejoffe [dot] com / Skype: george.joffe

Professor Joffé is prepared to provide country of origin experts witness statements for Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morroco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. He is now retired but is still affiliated to the London Middle East Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Until 2017, Professor Joffé was an affiliated lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in the University of Cambridge, where he also ran the Centre for North African Studies. From 2005 to 2010, he was a research fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford. From 1997 to 2000, Professor Joffé was the deputy-director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He regularly addresses professional audiences at the NATO Defence College in Rome, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and NOREF in Oslo and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He has also advised the European Commission (DG Relex), EuropAid and the new External Action Service.

Mr Riad al Khouri 

Email: ralkhouriatgmail [dot] com

A Jordanian economist specializing in the Middle East & North Africa, Riad has for over forty years trained, lectured, advised, and researched on a wide variety of socio-economic and other topics such as good governance, migration (including refugees), foreign aid, human rights, post-crisis economies, strategic planning, cultural familiarization, conflict resolution, NGOs, and sustainable development. His mother tongue is Arabic, and he is also fluent in English, with a strong working knowledge of French. Riad lives in Jordan and is a leading expert on the country and MENA generally, working locally and around the region at all levels with numerous Jordanian and international organizations, and writing and publishing widely on the country as well as regionally.

Dr Scott Long

Email: scottlong1980atgmail [dot] com

Dr Scott Long, Ph.D., Harvard, has led a long career in LGBTI rights activism focusing on Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. He has taught in Hungary, Romania and the Human Rights Program of Harvard Law School. Dr Scott Long was programme director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) from 1996 to 2002 and led the organisation’s advocacy at the 2001 UN General Assembly’s Special Session on HIV/AIDS. He founded and directed the Human Rights Watch's LGBT Rights Program until 2010 and has produced reports on the situation of LGBTI persons in Egypt, Iraq and Iran, discrimination against binational same-sex couples in the United States, as well as working with LGBTI activists in Russia. Dr Scott Long blogs on human rights-related issues on  http://paper-bird.net/ .

Thomas McGee

Email: thomas [dot] mcgeeatcantab [dot] net

Telephone number: +44 75 94 70 42 72
Website: https://law.unimelb.edu.au/students/grd/students/thomas-mcgee
Twitter page: @ThMcGee

Thomas McGee (BA Cantab; MA Exon) is an expert on stateless Kurds of Syria, and authentication of documents related to stateless Kurds (ajanib & maktumeen). He speaks Arabic and Kurdish (Kurmanci dialect). Thomas is currently a PhD Researcher at Melbourne Law School’s Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.

Ms Natalia Tereshchenko

Email: 2t [dot] nataliaatgmail [dot] com

Ms. Natalia Tereshchenko is a researcher and project manager at the Oriental Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, where she focuses on religious and ethnic minority rights in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. She is also a researcher at the global online consultancy, Wikistrat.
Previously, Natalia has been working on legal assistance for Afghanistan through UNODC and has served as the Vice-Chair of the International Refugee Law Committee at the American Bar Association.
Natalia's expertise also includes issues of non-traditional security threats, negotiations with non-state actors and conflict transformation.  

Reports, Commentaries and Relevant Documents

  • Commentary on the December 2011 Iraq OGN . Published by Still Human, Still Here with commentaries on the Operational Guidance Notes (OGN) issued by the UK Border Agency on Iraq. This is intended as a tool to assist legal practitioners identify the relevant country of origin information and to help ensure that all relevant material is considered by decision-makers.