Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

India - COI

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Dr Kelly Pemberton

Email: kpembertatgwu [dot] edu
Website: www.kellypemberton.com/expert-witness

Kelly Pemberton is a professor of religion and women' studies at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Professor Pemberton specializes in the study of gender, Islam, and Muslim communities in global perspective, with in-country experience in the regions of South Asia and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa). She has worked on a number of legal cases involving refugees from Pakistan and India who have sought asylum in the UK, US and Hong Kong. Prof Pemberton is experienced in preparing a variety of research-based and evaluative reports, including expert witness reports, white papers, institutional analyses, gender analyses, concept designs, program evaluations, and guidance documents.

Syed Mohammed Ali

Email: aliatpolicy [dot] hu

Syed Mohammad Ali is an anthropologist with twenty years of experience working on international development, governance, human rights, and security challenges within the South Asian context. Besides his academic writings, which include a book (‘Development, poverty and power in Pakistan’), several book chapters and academic articles, Dr. Ali writes a weekly op-ed since 2004. He is also experienced in preparing a variety of research-based and evaluative reports, policy, and position papers for bilateral and multilateral agencies, and for prominent think-tanks likes the United States Institute of Peace. Dr. Ali has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in Australia, Pakistan and the United States. Recently, he has been teaching courses at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities. 

Dr D.N.S Dhakal

Email: dd24atduke [dot] edu  or  dinesh [dot] dhakalatduke [dot] edu
Website: www.fds.duke.edu/db/Sanford/dinesh.dhakal


Dr Dinesh Dhakal worked as the economic advisor of Bhutan government from August 1990 to October 1991; he left the country in protest when government began to evict ethnic Nepalese in 1990, labelling them as ‘anti-national’ and ‘illegal economic immigrants’. Since then he had been working for the resolution of the two-decade old Bhutanese refugee problem in Nepal and establishment of human rights and democracy in Bhutan. He has also specialized on the Rohingya in Nepal, India and Bhutan. He has done this work ‘under the cover’ of a prestigious academic career as an economist: first as a lecturer at Harvard (1989-2000), senior lecturer, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (2001-2008), before becoming a senior fellow at Duke Center for International Development.

Professor Werner F Menski

Email: wm4atsoas [dot] ac [dot] uk 

Professor Werner Menski is Professor of South Asian Laws at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and has expertise in Hindu law and Muslim law, particularly in family law matters. Muslim law expertise, in particular, could be relevant for asylum applications from South Asia when it comes to claims of Muslims, or especially minority members such as Ahmadis from Pakistan or people accused of blasphemy or abandoning their faith.

Dr Clarinda Still

Email: clarinda [dot] stillatarea [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Clarinda Still, Postdoctoral Researcher, Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, SIAS, University of Oxford. Dr Still trained as a social anthropologist at Edinburgh, UCL and the LSE, and joined the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies in Oxford in 2008. Her research is based in rural Andhra Pradesh, Southeast India and is primarily concerned with Dalits (earlier known as ‘Untouchables’), especially Dalit women. Dr Still’s work looks at different forms of inequality (caste, class and gender), education, identity, affirmative action and labour relations. Her new book (Dalit women: honour and patriarchy in South India) explores the effects of a new ‘politics of culture’ on Dalit gender relations and a Dalit notion of honour. 

Dr Joya Chatterji

Email: jc280atcam [dot] ac [dot] uk

Chatterji Joya is the Director of the Institute for Modern South Asian History at the University of Cambridge. He is an expert on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. His research topics are migrants, minorities and citizenship, South Asian history, Muslim migration, secularization, South Asian Diaspora, Refugee in west Bengal and the Bengali Muslims. He authored and published extensively and lectured in different universities around the world especially in the UK, India and the US. He speaks Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Punjabi.

Dr Nitasha Kaul

Email:  nitasha [dot] kaulatgmail [dot] com

Nitasha Kaul is a Kashmiri novelist, academic, poet and economist. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at University of Westminster, London, and has previously been a tenured academic in Economics at the Bristol Business School and in Creative Writing at Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan. Her research and writing over the last decade and a half has been on identity, justice, political economy, democracy, feminist and postcolonial thought, Kashmir and Bhutan. She speaks within and outside academia, on issues of justice and borders. In her recent work, she has addressed issues of nationalism and neoliberalism in contemporary India and the question of nation-states and refugees in Europe. She has authored books including the scholarly monograph ‘Imagining Economics Otherwise’ (Routledge, 2007/2008) and a Man Asian Literary Prize shortlisted novel ‘Residue’ (Rainlight, 2014).

Dr Ulrich Pagel

Email:  up1atsoas [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Pagel's areas of expertise are Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist Monasticism. He has published and edited several books, including  Buddhist Monks in Tax Disputes: Monastic Attitudes towards Revenue Collection in Ancient India   (2014), Dhondup, Yangdon and Pagel, Ulrich and Samuel, Geoffrey, eds. (2013)  Monastic and Lay Traditions in North-Eastern Tibet.   and Pagel, Ulrich and Skorupski, Tadeusz, eds. (1994)  The Buddhist Forum III: Papers in honour and appreciation of Professor David Seyfort Ruegg's contribution to Indological, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies.   He held the position of General Secretary at the International Association of Buddhist Studies (2011), or the Editor-in-Chief at the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2010).

Lawrence Cohen

Email: cohenatberkeley [dot] edu

Lawrence Cohen is Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, where he directs the Institute for South Asia Studies. A medical anthropologist, his India-based work has focused on four areas: (1) aging and the elderly, (2) queer/LGBT lives and politics, (3) medical markets and "trafficking" in organs, and their regulation, and (4) biometric identification, financial inclusion, and privacy. Lawrence Cohen has studied and had fellowships in Delhi and Simla. His fieldwork has been primarily in urban north India (Banaras, Lucknow, Allahabad), in the metropoli (Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore), and in parts of rural U.P., Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. His articles on same-sex desire ainclude "The Pleasures of Castration: the Postoperative Status of Hijras, Jankhas, and Academics," and "Holi in Banaras and the Mahaland of Modernity". Related work includes a 1999 essay, "The History of Semen: Notes on a Culture-Bound Syndrome," Medicine and ta 1997 commentary "Semen, Irony, and the Atom Bomb".