Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Rwanda - COI

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Dr Hazel Cameron

Email: hc28atst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Cameron is a lecturer at the University of St. Andrews. Her academic expertise is in Rwandan social and political matters including issues of revenge killings, persecution, internal relocation, arrest and detention, domestic violence, ongoing vulnerability and trafficking, and availability of medical care. Her ethnic group expertise focuses on Hutus, Tutsis, and Twas, and her social group expertise is of victims, perpetrators and witnesses to genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and Rwandan militias in exile in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She has undertaken intensive study of Rwandan social and political affairs including extended periods of fieldwork in Rwanda since 2003, including monitoring/evaluation of the Rwandan Criminal Justice System the Rwandan Correctional Services and the Rwandan National Police. Futhermore, she has conducted studies within Rwandan prisons including interviews with prisoners convicted of crimes of genocide, and prisoners extradited to Rwanda to face trial on charges of crimes of genocide. She has lastly undertaken studies with Rwandan survivors of genocide. Dr Cameron has thirty years’ experience of providing evidence in courts of law. She is fully conversant with the duties and responsibilities of an expert witness to the court.

Dr Giorgia Doná

School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of East London
4-6 University Way, Docklands, London
Email: g [dot] donaatuel [dot] ac [dot] uk
Tel: +44 (0) 208 223 2791

Dr. Giorgia Doná is Reader at the University of East London where she lectures in the MA in Refugee Studies and in Anthropology. Her research interests are in the areas of culture and wellbeing, conflict and post-conflict, psycho-social assistance, separated children and participatory methodologies. Giorgia worked in Rwanda for the Child Studies Unit of University College, Cork (Ireland), leading a research and training unit on psycho-social issues for children in need of protection (1996-1997). She has worked as technical expert for the Emergency Unit of the Foreign Office, Italian Government, responsible for social affairs, seconded part-time to the Rwandan Ministry of Youth, and as consultant for UNICEF and Save the Children. She also conducted research and professional work with refugees and returnees in Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Will Jones

Email: will [dot] b [dot] jonesatgmail [dot] com

Will Jones is a D.Phil. Candidate in Politics at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He has been conducting research in the Great Lakes region since 2007.  His expertise in refugees studies is among the Rwandans of the Great Lakes (in Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda). 

Dr Andrea Purdeková, D.Phil (Oxon), MSc (Oxon), MA (Johns Hopkins)

Email: andrea [dot] purdekovaatgmail [dot] com
Tel: +44 (0)7 56 54 25 627

Dr. Andrea Purdekova is a researcher whose principal focus over the past five years has been the politics of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. She has conducted research in Rwanda in 2008/9 and has published on the topics of state, political dynamics and social transformation (unity and reconciliation, nation-building, collective identity/identity politics) in Rwanda, the areas she can offer expertise in asylum claims. Relevant publications: ‘Rwanda’s Ingando Camps: Liminality and the Reproduction of Power’, RSC Working Paper No. 80, 201; 2011 “Even if I am not here, there are so many eyes:” surveillance and state reach in Rwanda’, Journal of Modern African Studies 49(3): 475-497; and other to be supplied legal adviser via email on request. She speaks basic Kinyarwanda, Slovak/Czech, English, French, Spanish, and German.

Judi Rever

Email: judireveratgmail [dot] com

Judi Rever is a Montreal-based freelance journalist, formerly with Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale. She has reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, and conducted research into the disappearance, kidnapping and killing of Rwandan refugees and dissidents abroad. She is currently working on a book exploring crimes of the Rwandan army.

Dr Harry Verhoeven

Email: hv89atgeorgetown [dot] edu

Prof Harry Verhoeven teaches at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Georgetown University. Prof Verhoeven completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he was a postdoctoral fellow from 2012 to 2014 and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College from 2013 to 2014. His research focuses on conflict, development and the environment the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region, including Rwanda. He has published on the Rwandan Patriotic Front, elite fragmentation and post-liberation and post-genocide politics in Rwanda. His research includes topics such as state building, post-liberation movements, armed conflict and climate change and water in Africa. A list of his publications can be found here: https://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/profile/harry-verhoeven.

Professor Ian Taylor

Email: ictatst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk 

Ian Taylor is a Professor in International Relations and African Politics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has worked for institutions such as the UNHCR, and has published extensively on Rwanda - both academically and for consultancy reports. His work includes themes such as politics, democracy, development, conflict and sustainability.

Dr Simon Turner 

Email: jsz358athum [dot] ku [dot] dk

Dr Simon Turner is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen. His recent research focuses on state-diaspora relations in Rwanda, refugee camps, hope among clandestine Burundian refugees in Nairobi, masculinities, and on anticipating violence and flight strategies in relation to the ongoing conflict in Burundi. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in International Development and Geography and a Ph.D in International Development Studies from from Roskilde University.

Dr Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o

Email: nasongosatrhodes [dot] edu

Dr Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o holds a BA and an MA from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and obtained his Ph.D. from Northeastern University, Boston, with his dissertation entitled "Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Democratization vs. Authoritarianism in Kenya and Zambia." He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College. He previously held posts at the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has also published extensively on Africa, with topics ranging from the gendered aspects of African political spaces to the roots of ethnic conflict on the continent. His current research focuses on post-genocide reconstruction in Rwanda, protracted ethnic conflicts in Eastern Africa, and the nature of political actors in the Kenyan public space.

Laura Young, JD, MPH

Email: lyoungatprorightsconsulting [dot] com

Laura is a US-trained human rights lawyer based in Nairobi, Kenya who works across sub-Saharan Africa as a consultant on governance and human rights for USAID, the UN, governments, and international NGOs. Laura has published numerous articles and reports focused on conflict dynamics, gender, minority rights, transitional justice, migration, health, and other human rights issues in the African context. Laura has provided expert input for immigration and asylum cases in both the US and UK, focused on LGBT, FGM/C, domestic violence, trafficking, access to health services (including mental health and HIV), ex-combatants, ethnic minorities, disability access, police protection, and other key issues.

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