Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Philippines - COI

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Dr Vina Lanzona 

E-mail: vlanzonaathawaii [dot] edu

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Dr Lanzona is considered a "Martial Law Baby", having grown up under Martial Law. As a student at the Ateneo de Manila University, she was part of our People Power Revolution. After college, she worked briefly for the Aquino government, then came to the United States to pursue graduate studies, completing an M.A. in Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York, and a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Lanzona eventually moved to Honolulu to join the faculty at the University of Hawai'i. She is now an Associate Professor in History and currently the Director of the Center for Philippines at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She specializes in historical and contemporary issues that affect the politics and society of modern Philippines.

Mr. Noel Gomez Villaroman

E-mail: Noel [dot] G [dot] Villaromanatalumni [dot] nd [dot] edu

Noel Villaroman is an Australian-registered foreign lawyer with expertise on Philippine law. He offers legal assistance primarily to members of the Filipino migrant community in Melbourne, Australia. He has been an expert witness and lead counsel on a number of administrative appeals filed on behalf of Filipino nationals seeking refugee status.He obtained a master of laws (LLM) degree in international human rights law from the University of Notre Dame in the US and another master’s degree (LLM by research) from Monash University in Australia. He is currently a PhD in Law candidate in Monash University. His publications may be viewed at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1648968.

Professor John Sidel

Email: J [dot] T [dot] Sidelatlse [dot] ac [dot] uk

John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science , worked in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manila and in the East Asia and  the Pacific Division of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Thereafter, he conducted  Ph.D. research in the Philippines. His research is of direct relevance to trafficking-related and other asylum cases, focusing on local politics, corruption, criminality, conflict, and violence in the country. Among his publications, Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (1999), and Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century (2000) co-authored with Eva-Lotta E. Hedman, and a number of articles and essays, including ones of recent vintage. Sidel speaks two major Philippine languages, Tagalog and Cebuano, and has spent considerable time  there over the past four years engaged in research on policy reform initiatives in connection with Transparency International, the Asia Foundation, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Dr Zachary Abuza

Email : zachary [dot] abuzaatgmail [dot] com

Dr. Zachary Abuza is a Professor at the National War College, in Washington, DC, where he focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights. He has just completed a manuscript, a comparative analysis of the peace processes in Aceh, Mindanao and southern Thailand, to be published in September 2016 by Rowman Littlefield. In 2015, he authored a major study on the media and civil society development in Vietnam for the National Endowment for Democracy. He is the author of six books, five monographs and numerous articles and book chapters on politics and security issues in Southeast Asia.

Siddharth Kara

Email: siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Email: jkurlantathotmail [dot] com

Joshua Kurlantzick is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he studies Asian politics, rights, and economics. He also has done extensive work on asylum cases for nationals from Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, China, Indonesia, and other Northeast, Southeast and South Asian nations. His work has included analyses of the political environment, judiciary, and state of political and civil rights in many South, Southeast, and Northeast Asian countries, as well as assessments of criminal syndicates and trafficking in these states. He has worked with more than ten U.K. firms and multiple U.S. firms on nearly thirty asylum cases. He is the author of five books on Southeast Asian politics, institutions, rights, and economics. Kurlantzick also has been a Visiting Scholar in the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Columnist for Time, a Special Correspondent for The New Republic, an Asian Correspondent for The Economist, and a Contributing Writer for Mother Jones, among other positions. He has twenty years of experience covering events in Asia, and writing about rights issues in Asia, for a range of periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, the London Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, The Washington Quarterly,  and Foreign Policy, among others.

 More information is available at: https://www.cfr.org/experts/joshua-kurlantzick

Cate Buchanan

Email: cate [dot] buchananatathenaconsortium [dot] org

Cate Buchanan is a peace process specialist with proven subject expertise on armed violence prevention and reduction, gun control, gender inclusion and participation, harm reduction and drug policy, and evidence-based policymaking. With an established interest in public policy, she has a strong skill-set in policy analysis, strategy development, training, and programme implementation. Cate has worked with peace process actors related to conflicts in Abkhazia, Georgia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, South Ossetia, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and elsewhere, as well as at the global policy level. Previous roles include Chief Editor of the book "Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery"(2014). Cate worked for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) from 2001 to 2013, firstly managing the Arms Programme, and from 2008 as a consultant and Senior Adviser implementing a portfolio of work incorporating gender into operations and policy and supporting HD's work in Asia. She has also worked as a consultant to the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme, drafting a module for the UN International Small Arms Control Standards and programme guidance on strengthening national gun laws.