Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally


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Prof Dr Florian Bieber

Email: florian [dot] bieberatuni-graz [dot] at 

Florian Bieber is a political scientist and historian working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European History and Politics and director of the  Center for South East European Studies  at the University of Graz . He coordinates the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group . He is also a Visiting Professor at the  Nationalism Studies  Program at Central European University and is the editor of the book series  Southeast European Studies , published with Routledge (formerly Ashgate) and edits the open access journal Contemporary Southeastern Europe .

He studied at  Trinity College  (USA), the University of Vienna and  Central European University  (Hungary) and received his M.A. in Political Science and History and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Vienna, as well as an M.A. in Southeast European Studies from Central European University  (Budapest). Before coming to Graz, he was a Lecturer in East European Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations  of the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. From January to May 2009, he held the  Luigi Einaudi Chair  at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and in Spring 2010, he was a visiting fellow at  LSEE – Research on South Eastern Europe  at the London School of Economics. Between 2001 and 2006, he has been working in Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the  European Centre for Minority Issues.  His work includes expert advice on minorities and minority rights for the European Commission, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe and has provided advice to governments and international organizations on the Balkans. He has extensive training experience in the field of diversity and minority rights.

Dr Ivana Djuric

Email: ivana_duricatyahoo [dot] com

Dr Djuric is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her most recent research deals with problems of reconstruction of post-conflict societies in Southeastern Europe/former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo). Dr Djuric's doctoral research dealt with minority refugee repatriation in Croatia in the period of 1995-2006.  She has had involvement with cases of Croatian refugees who are trying to reclaim their property in Croatia. She spent five years working in the governmental sector and international development, and continues to collaborate with practitioners as advisor and consultant, and on the development of various research projects. 

Eric Gordy

Email: e [dot] gordyatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Eric Gordy is a political and cultural sociologist concentrating on Southeast Europe, especially the states of the former Yugoslavia. He is a Senior Lecturer in Politics of Southeast Europe at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) of University College London. He has taught at universities across Europe and North America. His publications include the books  The Culture of Power in Serbia: Nationalism and the Destruction of Alternatives  (1999) and  Guilt, Responsibility and Denial: The Past at Stake in Post-Milošević Serbia  (2013). His book  Practices of Democracy in Southeast Europe  project looks comparatively at four countries in the region, investigating what people expect from democracy and what their actual experience of political parties and popular relations with government looks like. Eric's wider comments on the region have appeared in international outlets including  The New York Times , BBC, Agence France-Presse, as well as regional outlets including  Danas, BH Dani,  Slobodna Bosna, Peščanik , and  Novi List . He has taught and held visiting positions at a variety of institutions, including University of California Berkeley, Clark University, University of Bologna, Institute of Advanced Study Budapest, University of Belgrade and University of Niš. You can view his full bio at  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/people/eric-gordy

Dr Robert M Hayden

Email: rhaydenatpitt [dot] edu 

Robert M. Hayden, JD, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Law and PUblic & International Affairs at the University of PIttsburgh, USA. He has conducted research on social, legal and constitutional issues in the former Yugoslavia and its successor republics since 1981, is fluent in the languages once known collectively as Serbo-Croatian and now as "BCS" (Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian) and has substantial experience in refugee claims form the region. He has provided reports for immigration cases based on political oppression or social discrimination without effective government remedies in successor states to former Yugoslavia.

Nadeane Helajzen

Email: helloatethnovision [dot] org

Nadeane is a Serbian Australian anthropologist with expertise in human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, conflict related sexual and gender based violence, International humanitarian law, refugee and IDP’s, inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict/cleansing, genocide and nationalism.  She is living between Belgrade and Sarajevo. Over the past 17 years she has worked with refugees, IDP’s and other minority populations in 22 countries, mostly post-conflict, across the Asia Pacific region, Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.  She has provided expert advice including technical report writing on minorities and minority rights to governments, multilateral agencies and international organisations.  She brings to her work a depth of technical knowledge and analysis grounded in pragmatism and strategic thinking developed through many years as a practitioner.

Vebi Kosumi

Email: infoatalbkos [dot] co [dot] uk

Vebi Kosumi holds a Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent, UK and a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. He is a legal expert, author and prominent leader in the international human rights movement. As the former Director of the Dover Detainee Visitor Group (Now Samphire) he led the support efforts to improve the treatment of asylum seekers, working across UK to raise awareness in the community. Prior to serving as a Team Leader of Hestia - Modern Slavery Response Team (Anti-Human Trafficking) in Kent in 2017, he volunteered with the British Red Cross and Save the Children (London). 

Vebi’s desire to empower migrants, and to stand up against societal inequalities, led up to his professional career in international law. He is a trustee of Music in Detention since 2006, board member of the Asylum Aid since 2013, and the Migrant Resource Centre since 2016. Vebi has written over 40 country expert reports focusing mainly on a blood feud, Human Trafficking, honour killing but not limited to. Covering countries: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (Presevo Valley). Fluent in Albanian, Serbian, and English languages. Free initial assessment of the case. Some pro bono work may be taken. 

Prof Siniša Malešević

Email: sinisa [dot] malesevicatucd [dot] ie

Siniša Malešević is a Professor in the School of Sociology at the University College, Dublin. He is also an elected member of Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. Previously he held research and teaching appointments at the Institute for International Relations (Zagreb), the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, CEU (Prague), the National University of Ireland, Galway, the London School of Economics, the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Visiting Professor/Eric Remacle Chair in Conflict and Peace Studies). He is an author and editor of 12 books and over 80 academic journal articles and book chapters  on war, violence, nationalism and ethnic relations. In geographical terms his expertise is focused on the Balkans (especially Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro).  

Prof Dr Branislav Radeljic

Email: BRadeljicatnebrija [dot] es or branislav [dot] radeljicatgmail [dot] com  

Branislav Radeljic is an academic, consultant and policy analyst, specializing in EU, Balkan and East European political and socioeconomic development. He has a BA from the University of Rome La Sapienza, two MA degrees from the Free University of Brussels, and a PhD from the University of London. He has lectured for many years at the University of East London and has held visiting appointments at Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr Radeljic is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (2012), editor of Europe and the post-Yugoslav Space (2013), Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014) and European Community-Yugoslav Relations: Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992) (2017), and co-editor of Religion in the post-Yugoslav Context (2015) and Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences (2016). He has presented his research findings at numerous conferences and workshops, and has regularly been invited to give talks and commentary to different media outlets.

Dr Dejan Stjepanović

Email: D [dot] Stjepanovicatchi [dot] ac [dot] uk or Dejan [dot] Stjepanovicated [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Dejan Stjepanović is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, an Associate Lecturer in Politics at the University of Chichester. He, and holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, Budapest. His expertise includes territorial politics, security studies, nationalism and migration, focusing on the region of southeastern Europe. He is widely published and is is fluent in his native Serbo-Croat, English, Macedonian and Greek. He uses Russian and Italian in his research as well. His considerable international experience includes having lived, worked and conducted fieldwork in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia and the UK. (Pro bono service is not avaiable.)


ALERT: Serbia as a Safe Third County: A Wrong Presumption

The writing of this report was triggered by a significant increase in the number of asylum seekers returned by the Hungarian authorities to Serbia in 2011. Hungary modified its Asylum Act in December 2010 and introduced the concept of a safe third country among the criteria examined in the admissibility procedure. The result of this amendment is that asylum seekers arriving in Hungary through Serbia can be returned to Serbia without an in-merit examination of their claim. As the application of this concept concerns a significant number of asylum seekers in Hungary, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) decided to examine whether the utilisation of the safe third country concept in relation to Serbia is justified.

Report: Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Sept. 2011