Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally


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Dr Matthew Brown

Email: matthew [dot] brownatbristol [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Bristol University. He has researched Colombia since 2000, with a particular interest in relations between military and paramilitary forces, and between guerrilla groups, civilians and the state. He also focuses on foreign involvement in internal conflicts. He is prepared to discuss writing expert reports on Colombia on a variety of topics.

Dr Jennifer Schirmer

Email: jschirmer820atgmail [dot] com

Jennifer Schirmer holds a PhD. in Anthropology and is Research Professor and Projects Director of Conflict Analysis, Armed Actors and Peace Dialogues at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Between 1996 and 2004, she was a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the School of Public Health, a Henry Luce Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, and an Associate of the Program on Non-Violent Sanctions and Cultural Survival at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Dr Schirmer has expert knowledge of both the historical and current conditions in Colombia and has 16 years of experience working on and in Colombia (2000-2016). Dr Schirmer has organized a series of dialogues among multiple sectors of Colombian society (parliamentarians, former guerrillas, the armed forces, journalists, human rights NGOs) to discuss various topics in preparation for the peace process  (land reform, paramilitarism, human rights, security, drug-trafficking, the roots and evolution of the insurgencies, rural poverty, among others). In 2012,with the initiation of the public phase of the peace talks, the Colombian negotiators requested that Dr Schirmer organize 25 Seminars to train their advisors in ceasefire, disarmament and demobilization. This group of 20 officers and civilians became the Technical Commission at the negotiating table in Cuba, responsible for writing the protocols and structuring, together with the FARC, of the recently signed ceasefire and disarmament.

Dr Andreas Feldmann

Email: afeldmannatuc [dot] cl

Andreas E. Feldmann is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Catholic University in Santiago de Chile. His research specializes in International Relations with a focus on political violence and terrorism; population uprooting and human rights, and international cooperation. His most recent work has appeared in Latin American Politics and SocietyTerrorism and Political Violence, Beyond LawRevista de Ciencia PolíticaJournal of Peacebuilding and Development, and Migración y Desarrollo. Dr. Feldmann has worked as a consultant for International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and served as assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Migrant Workers and Members of their Families of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (2000-6). He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame (2002) and worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow Researcher/Instructor in the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago (2003-5).

Professor Alan Gilbert

Email: a [dot] gilbertatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk
Professor Gilbert is Professor Emeritus at University College London. He has published extensively on housing, poverty, employment and urban problems in developing countries and particularly those in Latin America. He also acts as adviser to various international agencies. Over the last ten years, he has completed numerous expert reports for use in Colombian immigration cases and appeals against deportation from the UK.

Dr Sean Loughna

Email: sean [dot] loughnaatgmail [dot] com

Sean Loughna is a political economist with experience working on a range of forced migration issues within the UN, academia and NGOs. His PhD thesis examines the political economy of internal displacement in Colombia and he has spent some 15 years examining issues related to conflict, displacement and socioeconomic issues in the country. Sean spent over ten years working at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, which included managing the content of Forced Migration Online, and for six years was as a University Lecturer in Forced Migration in Berlin. His publications include co-editing two editions of UNHCR’s flagship book The State of the World’s Refugees (OUP 2000 & 2006). He is currently working as a consultant researcher and advisor for governmental and UN clients.

Camila Rodríguez Maldonado

Email: camilarodriguezmaldonadoatgmail [dot] com

Ms Maldonado is a Colombian lawyer with wide experience of developing and managing legal initiatives in Latin American countries and providing legal assistance and consultation of human rights groups and victims of human rights abuses across the Americas. For example, she has collaborated with the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (Oxford University Press) for Latin America, analyzing domestic interpretations and applications of international law, including customary international law and treaties.

Lina del Castillo

Email: delcastilloataustin [dot] utexas [dot] edu

Lina del Castillo is Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a Visting Scholar and fellow at different Universities in the US, Latin America, and Europe. Her current book project examines the history and international significance of territorial state formation in Colombia during the 19th century. 

Dr Robert A Karl

Email: rkarlatprinceton [dot] edu

Dr. Robert A. Karl is Assistant Professor at Princeton University, where he teaches modern Latin American history. His work examines violence in Colombia in the second half of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the origins of the contemporary conflict in the 1950s and ‘60s. He has more than a decade of experience conducting research in Colombia and has previously served as a country conditions expert for a U.S. political asylum case involving a Colombian national