Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Romania - COI

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Dr Maria Bucur-Deckard

Email: mbucuratindiana [dot] edu

Dr Maria Bucur-Deckard is a professor of history at Indiana University and has served as the director of the University's Russian and East European Institute. She has published extensively on Romanian history and culture with a special focus on gender and ethno-nationalism. Dr Bucur-Deckard sits on the Advisory Board of the Society For Romanian Studies, she speaks Romanian fluently and currently researches democratic citizenship in Romania.

Dr Adrian R. Marsh

Email: romanistudiesatmac [dot] com

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 Centre, Save the Children, Helsinki 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. 

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.

Silvia Tabusca

Email: silvia [dot] tabuscaatprofesor [dot] rau [dot] ro

Silvia Tabusca is a Law Professor at the Romanian-American University, School of Law (Director of the Center for Human Rights and Migration), and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Romanian Academy (of Sciences) in Bucharest, Romania. She has been working in the field of international human rights protection for over ten years, with a specific focus on non-discrimination (religion, Roma, disability, women, LGBT) and, more recently, on human security (migration, refugees, poverty, human trafficking, SDGs). Silvia is recognised as a leading consultant (working with UNDP, UNHCHR, Milieu Ltd., EU institutions/MS embassies in Romania) and an independent expert, being involved in many national and international projects. Before joining the Romanian-American University, Silvia worked as a researcher for the University of Bucharest, School of Law, as a personal advisor (in the office of Monica Macovei) for the Romanian Ministry of Justice and as a human rights fellow for the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations – NYC. Since 2010, she has been a civil rights mediator with training on negotiation (PON/Harvard) and on effective rapid decisions (POJ/Yale). Author of numerous academic papers, Silvia is also a member of well-established professional networks: Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, Council for European Studies – Immigration Research Network, Global Alliance for Justice Education, Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection, European Society of International Law etc. Silvia was nominated by the U.S. State Department for the international award – 2015 “Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery”

Dr Roxana Bratu

Email: r [dot] bratuatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Roxana Bratu coordinates the activity of the ANTICORRP project, investigating the factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies. She is a research associate at UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies. She conducted her PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Sociology Department. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the process of accessing European Union funding in Romania. She taught courses on Sociology, Statistics and Criminology. Roxana works on integrity, corruption, transnational aid flows and entrepreneurship in Romania, Ukraine and other former communist countries.