Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

KOSOVO - COI

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Dr Florian Bieber

Email: florian [dot] bieberatuni-graz [dot] at

Florian Bieber is a political scientist and historian working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European History and Politics and director of the Center for South East European Studies at the University of Graz. He coordinates theBalkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University and is the editor of the book series Southeast European Studies, published with Routledge (formerly Ashgate) and edits the open access journal Contemporary Southeastern Europe. He studied at Trinity College (USA), the University of Vienna and Central European University (Hungary) and received his M.A. in Political Science and History and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Vienna, as well as an M.A. in Southeast European Studies from Central European University (Budapest). Before coming to Graz, he was a Lecturer in East European Politics at theDepartment of Politics and International Relations of the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. From January to May 2009, he held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and in Spring 2010, he was a visiting fellow at LSEE – Research on South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics. Between 2001 and 2006, he has been working in Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the European Centre for Minority Issues. His work includes expert advice on minorities and minority rights for the European Commission, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe and has provided advice to governments and international organizations on the Balkans. He has extensive training experience in the field of diversity and minority rights.

Dr Adrian R. Marsh

Researcher in Romani Studies, University of Greenwich (London)
Tel: +90 533 232 3973

Roma rights, Romani children's rights

Dr Marsh is based in Istanbul, Turkey where he has been working with the Romani and Gypsy communities of the region since 2002. He gained his PhD in Romani Studies from Greenwich University (London), his MA (South East European Studies) from SOAS/SSEES and completed his BA Hons (1st) in East European History at SSEES, London. He has also been a Gypsy/Traveller Education Support Teacher in London. He teaches courses on Romani history and culture, trans-national forced migration, refugee studies and human rights and children's rights in Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Albania, Kosovo, Rumania, Cyprus and Egypt. He is a frequent and accredited expert for the European Commission, Council of Europe and the European Parliament and has published widely on the issues of Roma rights and Romani children's rights, Romani history, language and cultures. He has also been a consultant for a number of major NGO's (European Roma Rights CentreSave the ChildrenHelsinki Citizens' Assembly) and has produced many research reports in both capacities. He has also acted as an expert witness in a number of refugee cases involving Romani and Gypsy people from Turkey, the Balkans and Egypt seeking asylum in the UK. He is of English Romany-Traveller origins himself.

Dr Gëzim Krasniqi

Email: G [dot] Krasniqiatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk 

Dr Krasniqi is the Alexander Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, in London. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh. In addition, he has a BA from the University of Pristina and two Master’s Degrees from the European Regional Master’s Degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna) and Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, respectively. From 2009 to 2014 he worked on the Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia project at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. He is the country expert for Kosovo and Albania for the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship in Florence. He has published numerous articles on citizenship related issues and has served as a country expert for Kosovo and Albania for a number of law firms in the UK.

Vebi Kosumi

Email: infoatalbkos [dot] co [dot] uk

Vebi Kosumi holds a Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent, UK and a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. He is a legal expert, author and prominent leader in the international human rights movement. As the former Director of the Dover Detainee Visitor Group (Now Samphire) he led the support efforts to improve the treatment of asylum seekers, working across UK to raise awareness in the community. Prior to serving as a Team Leader of Hestia - Modern Slavery Response Team (Anti-Human Trafficking) in Kent in 2017, he volunteered with the British Red Cross and Save the Children (London). 

Vebi’s desire to empower migrants, and to stand up against societal inequalities, led up to his professional career in international law. He is a trustee of Music in Detention since 2006, board member of the Asylum Aid since 2013, and the Migrant Resource Centre since 2016. Vebi has written over 40 country expert reports focusing mainly on a blood feud, Human Trafficking, honour killing but not limited to. Covering countries: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (Presevo Valley). Fluent in Albanian, Serbian, and English languages. Free initial assessment of the case. Some pro bono work may be taken. 

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