Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Niger - COI

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Dr Gabriella Körling

Email: gabriella [dot] korlingatsocant [dot] su [dot] se

Gabriella Körling holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Uppsala University. Her Ph.D. dissertation 'In Search of the State: An Ethnography of Public Service Provision in Urban Niger' (2011), based on 14 months of fieldwork explores public health and education provision by merging the ethnographic study of public services with an anthropological analysis of the state and of local politics. She is currently involved in a comparative project on political practice and socio-political opposition in municipalities in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Since 2004 she has conducted a total of two years of fieldwork in Niger. Since 2011 she has also conducted short term fieldwork in Mali. She is currently based at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University.

Dr Benjamin N. Lawrance

Professor of History at the University of Arizona

Email: benlawatemail [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Benjamin N. Lawrance is the former Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently a professor of history at the University of Arizona.He has conducted field research in West Africa since 1997 and published extensively about political and social conditions. He has served as an expert witness in the asylum cases for over 130 West Africans in the US, Europe and Canada which have involved human trafficking, citizenship, statelessness, female genital cutting, gender issues, gender identity, ethnic and religious violence, and witchcraft accusations.

Dr Virginie Baudais

Email: virginiebaudaisatyahoo [dot] fr

Dr Virginie Baudais is a political scientist with expertise in west-african politics. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toulouse I and also graduated from science po Toulouse and the University of Rennes II Haute-Bretagne. Her expertise includes democratization processes, state building, decentralization and elections focusing on the west-african region. Her international experience includes having lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali for the UN, in Tunisia, and she conducted extensive field researches in Mali and Niger. 

Slavery in Niger

1. The Guardian, “Court finds Niger guilty of slavery in landmark decision,” by Xan Rice, dated 27/10/2008 see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/27/niger-slavery-africa [Accessed 4/11/2008]
2. New York Times, “Court Rules Niger Failed by Allowing Girl’s Slavery,” by Lydia Polgreen, dated 27/10/2008 see http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/world/africa/28niger.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=Slave%20+Mali&st=cse&oref=slogin [Accessed 4/11/2008].
3. The Guardian, “Niger guilty in landmark slavery case,” by Peter Walker, dated 28/10/2008 see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/27/niger-slave-court [Accessed 4/11/2008].
4. The Guardian, “Landmark court case in Niger gives hope to thousands held in slavery,” by Peter Beaumont and Alexander Carnwath dated 26/10/2008 see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/26/human-rights-niger-verdict [Accessed 4/11/2008].