Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

South Africa - COI

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Dr Martin Hall

Email: martinjohnhall21atgmail [dot] com

Webpage: https://martinhallfacilitation.org

Martin Hall​, Ph.D. Cambridge,​ is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. He was the inaugural Dean of Higher Education Development at UCT (1999-2002), Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town (2002-2008) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Manchester (2009-2014).  He has contributed to a range of public service roles both in the United Kingdom and South Africa;  details are available at martinhallfacilitation.org. He has also received a range of awards including the Distinguished Teacher Award and a Life Fellowship from the University of Cape Town, a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and an honorary doctorate from the University of Salford.  Hall returned to Cape Town in January 2015 and now works from there in Africa, the US and Europe.

Initially trained as an archaeologist researching colonialism, heritage and representations of the past, Hall expanded his work into education, social and economic transformation and digital futures.  His area of expertise includes: digital solutions and connected learning; the politics of contemporary culture; higher education policy, practice and strategy; and the archaeology of the colonial world. He is currently working with a range of organisations to open access to higher education for refugees caught in long-term camps.

​​He is prepared to consider serving as a Country of Origin expert witness for asylum seekers from South Africa.​

Dr Adam Ashforth

Email: ashforthatumich [dot] edu

Adam Ashforth is Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the Universities of Western Australia and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar (Australia-at-Large, 1979). Before coming to Michigan he taught at Northwestern University in the departments of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology. For nearly ten years prior to that he was in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, first as a Visiting Member and then in a specially created faculty position as a Visiting Associate Professor. He has also taught at the City University of NEW YORK and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Ashforth is renowned for his work on witchcraft and spiritual insecurity in Africa, based on more than a decade’s fieldwork in Soweto, South Africa. For the past seven years he has also been researching issues regarding witchcraft, particularly in relation to the AIDS epidemic, in Malawi and Botswana.

Ashforth has published three books and numerous articles in leading journals. His last BOOK, Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa (published by the University of Chicago Press) was awarded the 2005 Herskovits Prize for the best book on Africa, the premier award in African Studies, and the Toyin Falola Award of 2006. His book Madumo, A Man Bewitched (Chicago, 2000) is a staple in university courses on Africa, anthropology, religion, and many other disciplines. His work on spiritual insecurity in Africa is influential in a wide variety of fields, including law, religion, and public health as well as in core disciplines of the social sciences. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Sciences Research Council, the Macarthur Foundation, and the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the Institute for Advanced Study.

Mrs Tara Polzer

Email: tara [dot] polzeratwits [dot] ac [dot] za
Tel:+27 (0)1 17 17 40 31
Fax: +27 (0)8 65 53 41 35

Tara Polzer Ngwato has been conducting academic and policy research on migration and refugee issues in South Africa since 2002 as part of the African Centre for Migration and Society (formerly the Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand). She is also knowledgeable about issues of conflict and civic violence around the country, and is willing to discuss completing country reports for South African seeking asylum elsewhere.

Professor Pamela Scully

Email: pamela [dot] scullyatemory [dot] eduScully profile photo

Pamela Scully is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Professor of African Studies, at Emory University. She has her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. Her research interests focus on comparative women's and gender history with an emphasis on slave emancipation, biography, and on sexual violence in wartime and in post-conflict societies. Her books include Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography, co-authored with Clifton Crais (Princeton, 2009, 2010) and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Ohio University Press, Short History of Africa Series, 2016). Professor Scully is involved in various collaborations on Ebola including serving as an academic advisor to the film Survivors, about Ebola in Sierra Leone. She serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Women’s History and Social Dynamics, and is on the advisory board of The Journal of Southern African Studies. Professor Scully works closely with the Institute for Developing Nations, a partnership between Emory University and The Carter Center, which focuses on collaborative research regarding issues of poverty and development. She is a particular expert in issues related to gender and sexual violence in South Africa.

Dr Jonny Steinberg

Email: jonnysteinbergatgmail [dot] com

Jonny Steinberg has done extensive research on the social and political contexts of violence against foreign nationals in post-apartheid South Africa. His work includes an ethnography of Somali refugees in South Africa, A Man of Good Hope (New York, London, Johannesburg: Knopf, Jonathan Cape, Jonathan Ball, 2015) as well as journal articles published in the British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology and African Affairs. He has also produced policy monographs on immigration and xenophobia in South Africa for the think tank the Institute for Security Studies.

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 South Africa - both academically and for consultancy reports. His work includes themes such as politics, democracy, development, conflict and sustainability.