Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Ukraine - COI

Bill Bowring

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

Professor Bowring is a legal academic and practising barrister with experience in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and Turkey. He is a Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is also the Director of the LLM/MA in Human Rights. As part of the LLM/MA he teaches courses in international minority rights and “Taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)”, as well as other courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in international law and human rights. He has more than 150 publications including two books and is fluent in Russian. He participated in 1992 in the founding of the Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP). Until 2012 when KHRP was closed, he took many cases against Turkey to the ECtHR. He was founder in 2003 and still active in the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) taking a large number of cases against Russia and other FSU countries. He regularly provides expert evidence concerning these countries in asylum appeals and extradition cases, mostly Legal Aid (publicly funded). In all this work he complies with the Nairobi Code.

Michael Hindley

Email: infoatmichaelhindley [dot] co [dot] uk

Michael Hindley spent 25 years in elected politics, including three terms as a Euro-MP, when he served as Vice-President of the Trade Committee, and he is a frequent commentator on European and International Politics. He has authored two reports over recent years for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “EU/Central Asia Relations” both of which had “human rights” chapters and both reports involved arranging hearings where NGOs made presentations about human rights in Central Asia. He has been an election observer for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Kazakhstan. He has also acted as an OSCE observer in other post-Soviet countries namely Moldova, Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine and been a guest lecturer in Russia and Ukraine. He was was a Member of the European Parliament from 1984 – 1999. 

Dr Richard Connolly

Email: r [dot] connollyatbham [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Richard Connolly is senior lecturer in Political Economy and co-director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research and teaching are principally concerned with the political economy of Russia. He is also visiting professor on the Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) programme at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, member of the editorial board for Eurasian Geography and Economics, and for the Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies, and he is editor of Post-Communist Economies. Dr Connolly has presented his research to a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), and the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC). He has written extensively about the political economy of Russia, with a focus on the institutional environment and the country's relationship with the global economy.  

Dr. Taras Kuzio

Email: kuziotarasatgmail [dot] com

Taras Kuzio has a BA in Economics from the University of Sussex, an MA in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from the University of London, a PhD in political science from University of Birmingham and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. Since 2018 he is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Taras Kuzio has been a consultant to different branches of the US government, including as team leader on a USAID spring 2015 assessment of democracy, governance and human rights in Ukraine. He is the author and editor of 17 books, including Crisis in Russian Studies? Nationalism (Imperialism), Racism, and War (2020), Putin’s War Against Ukraine: Revolution, Nationalism, and Crime (2017 and 2019), Ukraine: Democratization, Corruption and the New Russian Imperialism (2015), Open Ukraine. Changing Course towards a European Future Democratic Revolution in Ukraine (2011), From Kuchmagate to Orange Revolution (2009), Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Nationalism (2007) and Ukraine-Crimea-Russia: Triangle of Conflict (2007). Over a 3-decade journalistic career he has authored 1, 500 articles on post-communist, Ukrainian and Russian politics and international affairs for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, UPI (United Press International) and specialist publications by Jane’s Information Group and Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty.

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”.

Olesya Khromeychuk 

Email: o [dot] khromeychukatuea [dot] ac [dot] uk

Olesya Khromeychuk is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Lecturer in European History at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Prior to that she was a Teaching Fellow at University College London (SSEES) and a Lector in Ukrainian at the University of Cambridge. She is an expert on Ukrainian history and conflict, gender and nationalism in contemporary Ukraine. Her recent published works include: "Negotiating protest spaces on the Maidan: a gender perspective" (2016) and "Gender and Nationalism on the Maidan" (2015). She has previously written articles in both English and Ukraine, including work with the Ukrainian Dialogue. 

Dr. Tracey German

Email: tgerman [dot] jscscatda [dot] mod [dot] uk

Dr Tracey German is a Reader in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College, London. Her research focuses on Russia’s relations with its neighbours, and conflict and security in the Caucasus and Caspian region, and she has published widely on these issues. Prior to this she lectured at RMA Sandhurst and the University of Aberdeen, and worked as a research manager for a business intelligence company, specialising in energy security. She is a graduate in Russian from the University of Edinburgh and was awarded a PhD on the topic of Russia's conflict with Chechnya. She has expertise on the ongoing conflict in Chechnya, security in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and energy issues in the former Soviet states. She is a Russian speaker, has lived in Russia and Ukraine, and travelled extensively across the post-Soviet space.

Dr. Roxana Bratu

Email: r [dot] bratuatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Roxana Bratu coordinates the activity of the ANTICORRP project, investigating the factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies. She is a research associate at UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies. She conducted her PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Sociology Department. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the process of accessing European Union funding in Romania. She taught courses on Sociology, Statistics and Criminology. Roxana works on integrity, corruption, transnational aid flows and entrepreneurship in Romania, Ukraine and other former communist countries.

Federica Prina 

Email: Federica [dot] Prinaatglasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk

Federica Prina is a Research Associate at the School of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Glasgow. She is part of a team implementing the three years (2014-2017) research project ‘National Minority Rights and Democratic Political Community: Practices of Non-Territorial Autonomy in Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Her field of research encompasses cultural, linguistic and participatory rights of national minorities in the post-Soviet space, particularly the Russian Federation, Moldova, Estonia and Ukraine. From 2011 to 2013 she was a researcher at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), in Flensburg (Germany), where she coordinated the research cluster ‘Culture and Diversity’. From 2012 to 2014 she was the editor of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE). Federica Prina has also worked for human rights organisations, including Article 19 (the Global Campaign for Free Expression), Amnesty International and Minority Rights Group. 

Maria Popova

Email: maria [dot] popovaatmcgill [dot] ca

Maria PopovaPhD in Government (Harvard University), is Associate Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She is also a the Scientific Co-Director of the Jean Monnet Centre Montreal and a faculty associate at the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill. She is the author of Politicized Justice in Emerging Democracies: A Study of Courts in Russia and Ukraine (Cambridge University Press, 2012), the winner of the 2012-2013 American Association for Ukrainian Studies prize for best book in the fields of Ukrainian history, politics, language, literature, and culture.  Her research focuses on judicial independence, the rule of law, and corruption in the post-Communist region.  She is currently working on a book manuscript on the politics of corruption prosecutions.  She also follows and writes about post-Maidan judicial reform in Ukraine.

Dr. Max Bader

Email: m [dot] baderathum [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl

Dr. Max Bader is a lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University. Before coming to Leiden University, he was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and the OSCE Academy, and a visiting scholar at George Washington University and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Bader has extensive experience working in research and advocacy projects in Russia and Ukraine. He is a frequent election observer for OSCE/ODIHR in the post-Soviet area, and has carried out policy evaluations for USAID and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. His current research project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is Human Security and Conflict in Ukraine: Local Approaches and Transnational Dimensions

Dr. Victoria Hudson

Email: victoria [dot] 1 [dot] hudsonatkcl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Victoria Hudson is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016) in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. She is currently researching Russian cultural influence and political power in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Estonia, and has previously taught at the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester. She completed her PhD, entitled ‘A Study of the Civilisational Aspect of Russian Soft Power in Contemporary Ukraine’ in 2013 at the University of Birmingham. In addition to engagement with the relevant bodies of IR and critical security theory, she completed extensive fieldwork in-country, which entailed conducting surveys and focus groups across four cities of Ukraine, in addition to expert interviews in Moscow. During her PhD, Victoria also spent time at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, within the framework of the ESRC’s Overseas Institutional Visit initiative. Prior to continuing her post-graduate studies, Victoria was employed in a research capacity in the private sector. 

Dr. Oxana Shevel 

Email: oxana [dot] shevelattufts [dot] edu

Professor Shevel holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University, an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in England, and a BA in English and French from Kyiv State University in Ukraine. She is an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, a member of the EUDO Citizenship expert group as a country expert on Ukraine, and a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) scholarly network. Prior to coming to Tufts, Prof. Shevel taught at Purdue University and held post-doctoral appointments at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.  Professor Shevel's research and teaching focus on the post-Communist region surrounding Russia and issues such as nation- and state-building, the politics of citizenship and migration, memory politics, and the influence of international institutions on democratization. She is the author of Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge 2011), which examines how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in the post-Communist region, leading countries to be more or less receptive to refugees.

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

Contact: Claire Rimmer, Eastern Europe Team
Tel: +44 (0)20 7790 2954
Fax: +44 (0)20 7790 4610
Email: crimmeratecrc [dot] org / ecreatecre [dot] org

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