Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Tunisia - COI

Dr Rebwar Fatah

Email:  rebwaratmideastconsultancy [dot] com ( rebwaratmideastconsultancy [dot] com )  or  infoatmideastconsultancy [dot] com ( infoatmideastconsultancy [dot] com )

Dr Rebwar Fatah is the Director of the Middle East Consultancy Services. Dr Fatah has produced thousands of COI reports since he began working as an expert witness in 2000. In the past four years alone, Dr Fatah has produced 1,136 Expert Reports on the Middle East. These include: 706 Country Expert Reports, 340 Document Authentication Reports and 90 Nationality Reports. Dr Fatah’s reports have been commissioned for and cited in a number of immigration appeals, as well as family and criminal cases.  Moreover, he has assessed a large number of people from the Middle East whose nationality, native language, ethnicity, place of residence has been disputed, and has examined thousands of documents from the MENA region.

In addition to a deep knowledge of the region’s administrative and bureaucratic cultures, Dr Fatah’s multilingual proficiencies enable him to understand, interpret and evaluate official documents in the Middle East. As a part of this work, he has produced his own methodology for document authentications and nationality examinations. Dr Fatah has also provided written and oral evidence in court; among them are five Country Guidance Cases, two Turkish extradition orders and many other cases. Moreover, he has also reviewed and provided guidance on Home Office CPIN reports. Dr Fatah regularly visits the Middle East, conducting fact-finding missions to ensure that his knowledge is up to date and based on reliable information. He speaks most of the Middle Eastern languages as well as their various dialects. Dr Fatah’s Country Expert Reports cover a wide range of issues, including the general security situation, sufficiency of protection, crimes of honour, healthcare, corruption, and at-risk groups of different sexual, religious, political and cultural profiles.

Dr Shaul Gabbay

Email: gabbayatmuslimworldexpert [dot] com

Dr Shaul Gabbay acts as a resource for immigration attorneys seeking advice, counsel and expert testimony in asylum cases. Formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East at the University of Denver, he has published extensively on cultures and customs in all Muslim countries, persecution issues based on family dishonour, gender and homosexuality, and sociology and politics of the Muslim world. Professor Gabbay’s expertise helps immigration attorneys and judges understand key societal issues and trends in the Muslim world that have life-threatening repercussions for Muslim immigrants throughout the U.S. at risk of deportation. His oral testimony and written analysis draw on his extensive knowledge and examination of cultural practices in Muslim countries as well as his life experience growing up in the Middle East. More information is on his website   www.muslimworldexpert.com.

Dr George Joffé

Tel: +44 20 76 04 30 27
Email: emailatgeorgejoffe [dot] com / Skype: george.joffe

Professor Joffé is prepared to provide country of origin experts witness statements for Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morroco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. He is now retired but is still affiliated to the London Middle East Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Until 2017, Professor Joffé was an affiliated lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in the University of Cambridge, where he also ran the Centre for North African Studies. From 2005 to 2010, he was a research fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford. From 1997 to 2000, Professor Joffé was the deputy director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He regularly addresses professional audiences at the NATO Defence College in Rome, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and NOREF in Oslo and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He has also advised the European Commission (DG Relex), EuropeAid and the new External Action Service.

Dr Mohamed Kerrou 

Email: mkerrouatgmail [dot] com mkerrouatgmail [dot] com ( ) 

Mohamed Kerrou is a professor of Political Science at the University of Tunis El Manar. He is specializing in the development, gender studies, and political change, with an emphasis on Islam and civil society, conflicts, violence and political consensus in Tunisia and the Middle East.  He is also a founding member of the Observatory of Tunisia Political Transition in Tunisia, and a visiting professor at both the University of Aix en Provence in France and the University of Rovira I Virgili in Spain. Kerrou is the author of various articles and books on culture, religion, and politics.

Bouthaina BEN KRIDIS

Email: b [dot] benkridisatgmail [dot] com

Bouthaina Ben Kridis is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public International Law, and a member of the Centre for International and European Law and Maghreb-Europe Relations, Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, University of Carthage, Tunisia. She holds a Master of Laws (Common Law) which focused on the standard of reasonableness in the US Supreme Court decision making from the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis. She works with the Arab Institute for Human Rights as a Reporting Officer under the project of capacity building and advocacy towards improving the protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia.

With in-country experience in legal aid provision in Tunisia, Bouthaina has worked on a number of advocacy issues relating to Syrians, Yemenis and a host of other persons from the MENA region seeking international protection and asylum in Tunisia.  She has also participated in and contributed to legislation drafting of Tunisia’s "Security Sector Legislation: Index 1956 – 2011”, for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). She also participated in the 2019 Global Academic Network researching on the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees. Bouthaina is experienced in preparation of a variety of research-based and evaluative reports and has published in French, Arabic and English on asylum issues, minority rights and international humanitarian law. Recently, in January2021, she published with the Kaldor Centre, UNSW and her article is accessible here https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/confronting-negative-repercussions-covid-19-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-tunisia. She has also written about the current political scene of Tunisia and her article be accessed here www.thelevantnews.com/en/2021/08/the-current-political-crisis-in-tunisia/ 

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