Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Armenia - COI

Dr Ohannes Geukjian

Email: og01ataub [dot] edu [dot] lb

Dr Ohannes Geukjian is a Lebanese citizen of Armenian descent. He received his PhD in 2005 from the Department of Peace Studies in Bradford University UK and wrote his dissertation on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Ethno-Territorial Conflict in the South Caucasus. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Conflict Resolution at the American University of Beirut. He has also taught Human Rights at the Lebanese American University for many years. He conducted field work in Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) and Armenia. His main focus of research is on Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. He has published several articles on the South Caucasus particularly Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. He has particular expertise in the areas of ethnicity, identity, nation, socio-economic discrimination and human rights. He also has an in-depth knowledge of the situation on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh. He speaks Armenian, Arabic, as well as English.

Dr Dickran Kouymjian

Email:  dickrankatmail [dot] fresnostate [dot] edu

Phone: +1 (559) 278-2669

Dickran Kouymjian holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in Armenian Studies from Columbia University's Department of Near & Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. Since 1988 he has served as the first incumbent of the Haig & Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair of Armenian Studies at Fresno State. He has been teaching for over 40 years at numerous institutions. He is a  member of the Armenian Academy of Sciences in Erevan.  He has taught a wide range of subjects: Armenian, Islamic, Classical, and Byzantine history and art, Western and Oriental humanities, film, genocide, and Saroyan studies. In all these fields, Professor Kouymjian has published regularly with a dozen  books  and some 100 academic articles to his credit. He has also presented scholarly papers at more than 80 national and international conferences and has himself organized a number of such conferences. He is a member of ten professional societies, a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, and four-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies, of which he was one of the founders. Professor Kouymjian has acted as an expert for over 30 years for issues in Armenia. 

Dr Marilisa Lorusso

Email:  marilisa [dot] lorusso [dot] 2atgmail [dot] com

Marilisa Lorusso has obtained a PhD on Democracy and Human Rights, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Genoa. She has taught several courses in history, Eastern Europe, international relations, domestic and foreign politics, business, literature and culture in many universities (İstanbul Üniversitesi, Turkey; El Manar, Tunisia; American University, Armenia; Università Degli Studi di Genova, Italy). She is a permanent co-operator of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa, an Italian think tank, and writes for different centres of studies. She has published articles and various contributions for Italian and foreign publications. As an expert of the South Caucasus, she visited Georgia, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) and networked with local think tanks, NGOs. She was deployed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the post-war European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), where she was field office gender focal point, and she was appointed as EU Council Secretariat for the post-war diplomatic discussions held in Geneva. Her research areas are security and democracy sectors reforms, institution building and human rights. She is a Country of Origin Expert for the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, US.
Her updated list of open-source publications is available at http://marilisalorusso.blogspot.com

Dr. Rano Turaeva-Hoehne 

Email: r [dot] turaevaatgmail [dot] com

Dr Rano Turaeva-Hoehne is a Senior Researcher affiliated at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and is a part-time lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She also is an independent expert and consultant, writing expert reports on various issues including Ethnic and religious minorities, victims of domestic violence, political refugees, war refugees, mentally sick persons, health systems, political and economic environment, stateless persons, other social groups, victims of human trafficking, illegal migrants, state and citizenship, Soviet Union, post-Soviet republics, religion and security, gender and violence, legal systems, document production, assessment of documents from the country of origin. She has written over 100 COI reports, and compiled the Country of Origin Information on Turkmenistan for UNHCR. Her PhD was titled "Identification, Discrimination, and Communication: Khorezmian migrants in Tashkent", and her research was situated in the context of post-Soviet developments in newly independent states. She recently completed the book "Migration and Identity: Inside Uzbekistan" (2016). She is a native speaker of Uzbek and has grade 3 knowledge (on a scale of 5) of the Turkmen, Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages. She had also done consultancy work for IDEA on "COVID and human rights in Eastern Europe and Baltic countries”.

Dr Adrian Florea

Email:  Adrian [dot] Floreaatglasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Adrian Florea (PhD Indiana University) is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Convener of the Global Security Program at the University of Glasgow. He is currently engaged in three large research projects. The first investigates the survival and disappearance of post-WWII de facto states (breakaway entities, like Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus, South Ossetia, Somaliland, Transnistria, or Western Sahara). The second analyses the variation in governance activities conducted by insurgent organisations. The third examines the link between 'dark' networks and civil war processes.