Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Kazakhstan - COI

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Bill Bowring

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

Professor Bowring is a Barrister and academic with research experience in Eastern and Central Europe. He is fluent in Russian. He takes a particular interest in the countries of Central Asia, especially Kazakhstan. From 1999 to 2002 he led the European Commission Tempus TACIS Joint European Project “Creation of the Centre for Pedagogical Jurisprudence” with a leading Kazakh law university. In 2000-2001 he acted as expert for the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), assisting Kazakh government and civil society in preparing for and reporting back from Kazakhstan’s first Periodic Report under the UN Convention Against Torture. This involved a number of seminars, round table meetings and training in Almaty and Astana. From 2002 to 2003 he was the lead expert in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project on behalf of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Project INT/97/R12 – 01 KAZ 2190 “Promotion of International Human Rights Standards in Kazakhstan”, assisting Kazakh government and NGOs in preparing for the belated ratification by Kazakhstan of the UN’s two International Covenants on Human Rights. In addition to many official reports written for international organisations in the context of the projects mentioned above, he has also published articles on the problems of the region.

Dinissa S. Duvanova

did214atlehigh [dot] edu

Dr. Duvanova is an Assistant Professor in the Lehigh University Department of International Relation. She received her doctorate degree in political science from The Ohio State University; she worked at Princeton University as a postdoctoral fellow and at the State University of New York at Buffalo as an assistant professor. Duvanova’s research interests lie in the spheres of comparative political economy, state-society relations, corruption, and collective action. She conducted field research in Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, and Kazakhstan. Her publications, among others, include a book with Cambridge University Press and articles in British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Journal of Comparative Economics.

Prof. Dr. Judith Beyer

Email: beyer [dot] judithatgmail [dot] com

Judith Beyer is Full Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at the University of Konstanz in Germany. She specializes in legal anthropology and has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar).  Her research focuses on the anthropology of law, the anthropology of the state and statelessness, and theories of sociality and social order.

Marjorie Farquharson

Email: mmfatblueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk

Marjorie Farquharson has worked in the field of human rights and the USSR and post-Soviet states for 30 years. She has given her expert opinion on 43 cases involving asylum seekers to the UK. She has been a freelance researcher, writer and translator since 2001 and has worked in all five Central Asian States. She has done numerous research projects for UNDP, UNHCR and Amnesty International as well as independent research on Central Asian states. She was Amnesty International's first representative in the Soviet bloc from 1994-1996 as the Director of the EU Tacis project. As a Council of Europe officer she has worked in 44 of Russia's federal regions and helped establish a regional ombudsman institution there. She is the author of several publications on Central Asia. She is capable of giving her expertise on all Central Asian states, namely, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Marjorie is not able to provide her services pro bono, however, she is willing to negotiate a fee.

Dr Rico Isaacs

Email: ricoisaacsatbrookes [dot] ac [dot] uk
Tel: +44 (0) 18 65 484 252
Website: www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/staff/prof.asp?ID=495

Dr. Rico Isaacs is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies at Oxford Brookes University. His research focuses on the domestic and international politics of the Central Asian Republics with a particular emphasis on Kazakhstan. Moreover, his research examines broader issues of comparative authoritarianism and democratization, and state and nation-building. Dr. Isaacs has extensive field work experience in Kazakhstan where has spent time interviewing political elites, local journalists, analysts and NGO activists. He has been awarded research grants from both the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy for his research and is often asked to provide consultancy to companies, public institutions and international organisations relating to issues of political risk in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states. He is also often employed as a country expert on Kazakhstan for other research institutes’ comparative projects.

Prof Nazif Shahrani

Email: shahraniatindiana [dot] edu

M Nazif Shahrani is Professor of Anthropology, Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, has served two terms as Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at IU. Shahrani is an Afghan-American anthropologist with extensive field research in Afghanistan, and has studied Afghan refugee communities in Pakistan & Turkey. Since 1992 he has also conducted field research in post-Soviet Muslim republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. He is interested in the impact of Islam on social life, institutional dynamics and political culture of Muslims, problems of state-failure, role of nationalism in social fragmentation in multi-ethnic nation-states, and the political economy of international assistance to postcolonial failing states and its consequences. He grew-up bilingual in Uzbek & Tajik/Dari/Farsi, learned Pashtu, Kyrgyz, English and some Arabic.

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 Luca Anceschi

Email: luca [dot] anceschiatglasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk

Luca Anceschi is Lecturer in Central Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. His research areas of expertise are focussed on the Politics and International Relations of post-Soviet Central Asia. Luca's first book, Turkmenistan's foreign policy - Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen regime(Routledge 2008), represents the first book-length analysis of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy published in Western languages. Luca is willing to provide expert reports on Turkmenistan. He is a native Italian speaker and has advanced control of Russian.

Eimear O'Casey

Email: eimear [dot] ocaseyatgmail [dot] com

Eimear O’Casey is a specialist analyst on the former Soviet Union (FSU), with particular interest in anti-corruption and democratisation. Since 2013 she has worked as a political and security risk analyst at the Control Risks consultancy. She advises a range of international organisations and private companies on the key political, integrity and security risks associated with activity in the FSU, with special focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus. She regularly participates in OSCE election observation missions as a short term observer, most recently in Tajikistan in 2015. She participated in the Atlantic Council’s Future Leaders Summit at the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014. Alongside native English she speaks French and Russian, and holds a Certified Fraud Examiner qualification. 

Prof Douglas W. Blum

Email: DOUGBLUMatprovidence [dot] edu

Mr. Blum holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, and he is currently a Professor of Political Science at Providence College. For the past thirty years his principal research topic has been the former Soviet Union. He has authored numerous articles in major journals as well as chapters in scholarly monographs, and have authored or edited four books. Professor Blum has consulted on issues pertaining to the former USSR by media (including National Public Radio and the New York Times), analytical foundations (including the Council on Foreign Affairs and the Center for Strategic and International Studies) and American governmental organizations (including the United States Information Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research as well as the Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia under the U.S. Department of State). As part of his work he often corresponds with contacts in this area, and he also follows the media as well as the specialized academic and policy literature on Kazakhstan.

Luca Anceschi

Email: Luca [dot] Anceschiatglasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk

Luca Anceschi is Lecturer in Central Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. His research areas of expertise are focussed on the Politics and International Relations of post-Soviet Central Asia, with particular reference to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan - the region’s key hydrocarbon exporters. Luca's first book, Turkmenistan's foreign policy - Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen regime (Routledge 2008), represents the first book-length analysis of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy published in Western languages. He is currently completing a long-term study of Kazakhstan’s neo-Eurasianist foreign policy. Luca is willing to provide expert reports on Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. He is a native Italian speaker and has advanced control of Russian.