Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Azerbaijan - COI

Bill Bowring

Email: b [dot] bowringatbbk [dot] ac [dot] uk

Professor Bowring is a Barrister and academic with research experience in Russia, Eastern and Central Europe. He is fluent in Russian and focuses on issues relating to human rights, minority rights, education policy, law reform, judicial reform, and reform of the penitentiary system. In 2003, he founded (and now chairs) the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), advising Russian, Southern Caucasian and Ukrainian NGOs, and organized various training seminars in Azerbaijan in 2010 for local human rights NGOs. He has acted as an expert witness in various cases.

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 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 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 Sofie Bedford

Email: sofie [dot] bedfordatucrs [dot] uu [dot] se
Dr Bedford is a Researcher at Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies in Sweden. She holds Ph.D. in Political Science from Stockholm University and an MA in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University. Dr Bedford wrote her PhD thesis on Islamic Activism in Azerbaijan: Repression and Mobilization in a Post-Soviet Context. Currently she is engaged in two research projects both funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) one focusing on political activism in Belarus and Azerbaijan and the other on security, conflict and gender in the South Caucasus.   


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.