Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - COI

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

Dr Igor Cherstich 

Email: cherstichatgooglemail [dot] com

Dr Cherstich has provided expert information about Libyan affairs for Universities (University of Leiden – Van Vollenhoven Institute), Press Agencies (Agence France Press- AFP), Organisations (Human Rights Watch), Newspapers (Corriere della Sera), Radio (Radio Svizzera), and Television (ABC Australia, Channel Four)  He has also authored a series of expert reports dealing with Libyan asylum seekers. He is fluent in Arabic. 

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 PostUS 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 or 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 Shaul Gabbay

Email: gabbayatmuslimworldexpert [dot] com

Dr Shaul Gabbay acts as a resource for immigration attorneys seeking advice, counsel and expert testimony in asylum cases. Formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East at the University of Denver, he has published extensively on cultures and customs in all Muslim countries, persecution issues based on family dishonor, gender and homosexuality, and sociology and politics of the Muslim world. Professor Gabbay’s expertise helps immigration attorneys and judges understand key societal issues and trends in the Muslim world that have life-threatening repercussions for Muslim immigrants throughout the U.S. at risk of deportation. His oral testimony and written analysis draws on his extensive knowledge and examination of cultural practices in Muslim countries as well as his life experience growing up in the Middle East. More information is on his website  www.muslimworldexpert.com.

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.

Mr Martin Jerrett

Email: martin_jerrettatyahoo [dot] com

In 2011, Mr. Jerrett worked in Libya and wrote regular analysis for UK risk mitigation company on Libyan security affairs. Between 2008 and 2011, he wrote reports on community/tribal dynamics in Libya for the IOC. He worked on conflict analysis for SaferWorld. He wrote tribal mappings for Libya. In 2011, he headed the IOM operations in Libya as part of the UN country team. Mr. Jerrett speaks Arabic and has also done extensive work in Yemen and Iraq. 

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.

Dr Richard A. Lobban 

Email:  RLobbanatric [dot] edu

Tel: +1 401 46 72 857

Dr Richard A Lobban is an anthropologist and early pioneer in social networkmodeling, archaeologist, Egyptologist, and Sudanist, foreign policy expert, human rights activist. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island since 1972; also a lecturer at the Archaeological Institute of America and the Naval War College. He is an expert in Ancient Sudan and Ancient Egypt, with a particular focus on Nubia. Lobban has authored numerous books and publications such as the Historical Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Nubia, Historical Dictionary of Sudan (2002), and Social Networks in Urban Sudan (1973). He has also authored/co-authored books such as Historical dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (1997), Cape Verde: Crioulo colony to independent nation (1995), Historical dictionary of Cape Verde (2007), and Middle Eastern women and the invisible economy (1998).

Hugh Miles

Email: mailathughmiles [dot] com

Hugh Miles is an investigative journalist specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked for a wide variety of media including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, the Telegraph, Independent and more. Hugh is the author of two books, 'Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World' (published Jan 2005) and 'Playing Cards in Cairo' (April 2008). He has contributed to several other publications. Since 2005 Hugh has been a Contributing Editor of the American University in Cairo’s media journal. He has acted as an expert witness in more than twenty asylum cases. He lives in Cairo.

Dr Jacob Mundy

Email: jmundyatcolgate [dot] edu

Dr. Jacob Mundy (PhD, University of Exeter 2010) is an Associate Professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Colgate University. He has written asylum support letters for clients in the United States and United Kingdom coming from Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, and Libya. During the 2018–2019 academic year, serving as a Fulbright Scholar, he was a visiting professor with the International Political Economy program at the Tunis Business School, part of the Université de Tunis. His research examines foreign involvement in armed conflicts in Northwest Africa. He has conducted field- and archival work in Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. He is willing to discuss writing support letters or reports for cases involving (1) the political persecution of Sahrawis (Western Saharans) and Imazighen/Berbers (Morocco and Algeria); (2) victims of terrorism and state persecution related to the civil conflict in 1990s Algeria; and (3) persons affected by the civil conflict in Libya since 2011.

Dr Ronald Bruce St John

Email: rbstjohnatcomcast [dot] net

Ronald Bruce St John graduated from Knox College with a B.A. in political science and the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, with an M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations. Dr. St John was an affiliate professor at the Institute of International Studies, Bradley University, in 1982-2006, lecturing and teaching a course on Middle East politics. He participated in 1999-2001 in the Proyecto Trinacional, a trilateral project (Bolivia, Chile & Peru) promoting economic development in the Atacama Desert. He was actively engaged in 2002 in the Palestinian Authority’s Land Corridor Project, sponsored by The Adam Smith Institute in London. He delivered the 2003 Mary Newson Lecture on International Affairs at Eureka College and served as a moderator and discussant at the Columbia University conference on Libya in 2006. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Peru since 1999. He has served as a consultant for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, U.S. government agencies, National Geographic Magazine, World Book Encyclopedia, the Associated Press, Washington Post, and The New York Times. He also served on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Libyan Studies and The Atlantic Council Working Group on Libya. He is currently an analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus (www.fpif.org) and Oxford Analytica (www.oxan.com). Working as an independent scholar, Dr. St John has published 21 books and monographs and contributed to 22 others with a three-fold focus on Andean America, North Africa & the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.