Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Israel - COI

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Dr Gil Daryn 

Email: darynsasiaatgmail [dot] com

Dr Gil Daryn is a social anthropologist (Ph.D. Cambridge 2002) and published scholar with expertise on the culture, society, history and politics of South Asia. Since 1989, he has visited, conducted research, worked and lived in the region for a total of over thirteen years, and currently resides in the region. In addition, he became professionally involved with asylum seekers and refugees while working in UNHCR’s Kathmandu office as an Associate Durable Solutions Officer during 2008-9. In this capacity, he went through UNHCR’s archives, read in detail many private refugee files, and became familiar with Pakistan’s Country of Origin information and the RSD process. In addition, he also conducted focus group discussions and interviews with many refugees and held detailed discussions with them. Since 2005, Dr Daryn has served as a consultant and expert on asylum and human rights and has written over 170 Expert Witness Reports. In recent years he also contributed information about specific issues to ACCORD (Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation). 

Among the issues Dr Daryn often writes about are: the justice system, gender issues including so-called ‘honour killing’ and gender minorities, sectarian violence, criminal and terrorist groups, land disputes, the health including mental health systems, minority groups, political parties, and other aspects of culture, society and history of the countries in South Asia.

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, Israel, 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), EuropAid and the new External Action Service.

Nigel Rapport

Email: rapportatst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk

Professor Rapport is a social anthropologist at the Univeristy of St Andrews, with extensive experience in Israel. From 1974-5 and 1978-9 he was living on a kibbutz (Yas'ur; Sarid); learning some modern Hebrew. From 1988-9 he was living in Sde Boker and Mitzpe Ramon, conducting research on contemporary Israeli and immigrant identities and lecturing on social anthropology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. From 1963 to the present he has been conducting irregular visits to the country to partake in academic conferences and to see family and friends.

Dr Reuven Ziegler

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

Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, School of Law, where he is Director of the Global LLM programmes in Human Rights, International Law, and Advanced Legal Studies.  Ruvi is an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Convenor of the 'Civil Liberties and Human Rights' Section of the Society of Legal Scholars; Editor-in-Chief of the Refugee Law Initiative (Institute for Advance Legal Study, University of London) Working Paper Series; Research Associate of the Refuge Studies Centre, Oxford; and a Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, analysing the treatment of asylum seekers in Israel as part of the Democratic Principles project. Ruvi's public engagements include advising 'New Europeans'; 'Britain in Europe' academic expert; chairing the Oxford European Association; and serving on the advisory council of 'Rene Cassin'. Previously, Ruvi was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program and a Tutor in Public International Law at Oxford. 

Ruvi's recently published book is 'Voting Rights of Refugees' (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Ruvi's areas of research interest include International Refugee Law, Citizenship & Electoral Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law, and International Humanitarian Law.  Ruvi holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from the University of Oxford; LL.M. with specialisation in Public Law from Hebrew University; and a joint LLB and BA from the University of Haifa. He was called to the Israeli bar in 2003.

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