Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Bosnia & Herzegovina - COI

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Dr Dejan Stjepanović

Email: D [dot] Stjepanovicatchi [dot] ac [dot] uk or Dejan [dot] Stjepanovicated [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Dejan Stjepanović is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, an Associate Lecturer in Politics at the University of Chichester. He, and holds a Ph.D. 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 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, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia and the UK. (Pro bono service is not avaiable.)

Eric Gordy

Email: e [dot] gordyatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Eric Gordy is a political and cultural sociologist concentrating on Southeast Europe, especially the states of the former Yugoslavia. He is a Senior Lecturer in Politics of Southeast Europe at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) of University College London. He has taught at universities across Europe and North America. His publications include the books The Culture of Power in Serbia: Nationalism and the Destruction of Alternatives (1999) and Guilt, Responsibility and Denial: The Past at Stake in Post-Milošević Serbia (2013). His book Practices of Democracy in Southeast Europe project looks comparatively at four countries in the region, investigating what people expect from democracy and what their actual experience of political parties and popular relations with government looks like. Eric's wider comments on the region have appeared in international outlets including The New York Times, BBC, Agence France-Presse, as well as regional outlets including Danas, BH Dani,  Slobodna Bosna, Peščanik, and Novi List. He has taught and held visiting positions at a variety of institutions, including University of California Berkeley, Clark University, University of Bologna, Institute of Advanced Study Budapest, University of Belgrade and University of Niš. You can view his full bio at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/people/eric-gordy

Dr Ivana Djuric

Email: ivana_duricatyahoo [dot] com 

Dr Djuric is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her most recent research deals with problems of reconstruction of post-conflict societies in Southeastern Europe/former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo). Dr Djuric's doctoral research dealt with minority refugee repatriation in Croatia in the period of 1995-2006.  She has had involvement with cases of Croatian refugees who are trying to reclaim their property in Croatia. She spent five years working in the governmental sector and international development, and continues to collaborate with practitioners as advisor and consultant, and on the development of various research projects.

Dr Robert M Hayden

Email: rhaydenatpitt [dot] edu 

Dr Hayden, JD, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Law and Public & International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has conducted research on social, legal and constitutional issues in the former Yugoslavia and its successor republics since 1981, is fluent in the languages once known collectively as Serbo-Croatian and now as "BCS" (Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian) and has substantial experience in refugee claims form the region. He has provided reports for immigration cases based on political oppression or social discrimination without effective government remedies in successor states to former Yugoslavia.

Prof Lara Nettelfield

Email: ljn9atcolumbia [dot] edu

Professor Lara Nettelfield is a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Professor Nettelfied works on issues related to post-war Bosnian social and economic reconstruction, war crimes and the rule of law. She is the author of Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Hague Tribunal's Impact in a Postwar State (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Srebrenica in the Aftermath of Genocide (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). 

Prof Siniša Malešević

Email: sinisa [dot] malesevicatucd [dot] ie

Siniša Malešević is a Professor in the School of Sociology at the University College, Dublin. He is also an elected member of Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea. Previously he held research and teaching appointments at the Institute for International Relations (Zagreb), the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, CEU (Prague), the National University of Ireland, Galway, the London School of Economics, the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Visiting Professor/Eric Remacle Chair in Conflict and Peace Studies). He is an author and editor of 12 books and over 80 academic journal articles and book chapters  on war, violence, nationalism and ethnic relations. In geographical terms his expertise is focused on the Balkans (especially Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro).  

Prof Dr Florian Bieber

Email: florian [dot] bieberatuni-graz [dot] at

Florian Bieber is a political scientist and historian working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European History and Politics and director of the Center for South East European Studies at the University of Graz. He coordinates theBalkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University and is the editor of the book series Southeast European Studies, published with Routledge (formerly Ashgate) and edits the open access journal Contemporary Southeastern Europe.

He studied at Trinity College (USA), the University of Vienna and Central European University (Hungary) and received his M.A. in Political Science and History and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Vienna, as well as an M.A. in Southeast European Studies from Central European University (Budapest). Before coming to Graz, he was a Lecturer in East European Politics at theDepartment of Politics and International Relations of the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. From January to May 2009, he held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and in Spring 2010, he was a visiting fellow at LSEE – Research on South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics. Between 2001 and 2006, he has been working in Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the European Centre for Minority Issues. His work includes expert advice on minorities and minority rights for the European Commission, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe and has provided advice to governments and international organizations on the Balkans. He has extensive training experience in the field of diversity and minority rights.

Prof Roberto Belloni

Email: roberto [dot] belloniatunitn [dot] it

Roberto Belloni is Professor of Intenational Relations at the University of Trento (Italy). Previously, he worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia and held teaching and reseach positions at the University of Denver, Harvard, Queens Belfast, Johns Hopkins Bologna. He is the author of Statebuilding and International Intervention in Bosnia (Routledge). Currently, he is the holder of the Jean Monnet Module on The European Union and Political Development in Southeast Europe (2015-18). He has conducted extensive field research in the region. 

Siddharth Kara

Email: siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.

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