Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Republic of North Macedonia - COI

Vebi Kosumi

Email: infoatalbkos [dot] co [dot] uk / Website: www.albkos.co.uk

Vebi Kosumi is an international lawyer holding a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent, the UK and a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. He is an international legal expert, author, and prominent leader in the international human rights movement. As the former Director of the Dover Detainee Visitor Group (Now Samphire) he led the support efforts to improve the treatment of asylum seekers, working across the UK to raise awareness in the community. Before serving as a Team Leader of Hestia - Modern Slavery Response Team (Anti-Human Trafficking) in Kent in 2017, he volunteered with the British Red Cross and Save the Children (London). 

Vebi is accredited Country of Origin Witness Expert by Academy of Experts. He is a trustee of Music in Detention since 2006, board member of Kent Coast Volunteering (Connecting Communities in Dover, Thanet, Folkestone & Hythe. He was a trustee of the Asylum Aid (2013-2020), and the Migrant Resource Centre (changed name to Consonant), 2016-2020. Vebi has written over 100 country expert reports focusing mainly on Human Trafficking, blood feud, honour, mafia risk of harm and other issues. Covering countries: Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (Presevo Valley). Fluent in Albanian, Serbian, and English languages. Free initial assessment of the case. Some pro bono work may be taken. 

Magdalena Lembovska

Email:  mlembovskaatanalyticamk [dot] org

Magdalena Lembovska works as a research fellow on the Foreign and Security Policy Program at Analytica think tank Skopje, dealing with contemporary security issues and the concept of good governance. Ms Lembovska has experience in conducting policy relevant research, writing policy papers and organizing advocacy activities. Her interests include: protection of human rights, irregular migration, organized crime, security sector reform and the process of democratization. She has developed expertise in the area through researching national policies and practices for dealing with irregular migration and asylum seekers as well as the treatment of asylum seekers in Europe.

Prof Dr Branislav Radeljic

Email:  BRadeljicatnebrija [dot] es  or  branislav [dot] radeljicatgmail [dot] com   

Branislav Radeljic is an academic, consultant, and policy analyst, specializing in EU, Balkan and East European political and socioeconomic developments. He has a BA from the University of Rome La Sapienza, two MA degrees from the Free University of Brussels, and a PhD from the University of London. 

Currently, he is a professor of international relations at Necmettin Erbakan University. He also serves as a visiting professor of European politics at Antonio de Nebrija University. Previously, he lectured for many years at the University of East London. In addition, he held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh. 

Professor Radeljic is the author of Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy (2012), editor of Europe and the post-Yugoslav Space (2013), Debating European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects (2014), European Community-Yugoslav Relations: Debates and Documents that Mattered (1968–1992) (2017), and The Unwanted Europeanness: Understanding Division and Inclusion in Contemporary Europe (2021), and co-editor of Religion in the post-Yugoslav Context (2015) and Kosovo and Serbia: Contested Options and Shared Consequences (2016). He has presented his research findings at numerous conferences and workshops and has regularly been invited to give talks and commentary to different media outlets.

Outside academia, Professor Radeljic conducts research and provides consultancy services within his area of expertise. He is also a registered expert witness for asylum, refugee, and immigration cases. He covers Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Russia. His working languages are English, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS), Italian, Macedonian, and Russian. Professor Radeljic divides his time between Konya, London, and Madrid.

Dr Dejan Stjepanović

Email: d.stjepanovicatdundee [dot] ac [dot] uk  or dejan.stjepanovicateui [dot] eu

Dr Dejan Stjepanović is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Dundee, School of Social Sciences. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, Budapest. His expertise includes territorial politics, security studies, nationalism and migration, focusing on the region of southeastern Europe. He is widely published and is fluent in his native Serbo-Croat, English, Macedonian and Greek. He uses Russian and Italian in his research as well. His considerable international experience includes having lived, worked and conducted fieldwork in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia and the UK.

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