Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Lebanon - COI

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Andrew Arsan

Email: aka25atcam [dot] ac [dot] uk

Andrew Arsan is a lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Cambridge. He has written widely on the history of modern Lebanon and its diaspora and on the cultural, intellectual, and political history of the modern Middle East. His first book, Interlopers of Empire: The Lebanese Diaspora in Colonial French West Africa (Hurst, 2014) examined the history of Lebanese settlement in West Africa. He is currently completing his second book - Entitled Lebanon: A Country in Fragments - it examines the politics of everyday life in post-2005 Lebanon, chronicling the ways in which the country’s inhabitants have sought to come to terms with life in a time of permanent crisis. Andrew is currently involved in an initiative run jointly by the Council for British Research in the Levant and the Overseas Development Institute to facilitate constructive dialogue between Middle East researchers and humanitarian workers.  

Dr. Seth Anziska 

Email: s [dot] anziskaatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr. Seth Anziska is a lecturer in Jewish-Muslim relations at University College London. He completed his PhD in International and Global History at Columbia University (2015) and earned his M. Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford (2008). His research focuses on Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, and U.S. relations with the wider Middle East. Seth has been a visiting fellow at the American University of Beirut and a researcher at the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut. He is currently working on a book which examines the emergence of the 1978 Camp David Accords and the consequences of international diplomacy in circumscribing Palestinian self-determination. A second project investigates the international history of the 1982 Lebanon War, drawing on newly released archival materials and oral history interviews across Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, the U.S., and the U.K. He has written for The New York Times, the Norwegian Peacebuilding Research Centre (NOREF), and is a non-resident visiting fellow of the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP).

Riad al Khouri, MLitt (Oxon)

Email: ralkhouriatgmail [dot] com
Tel: +962-779995000
Skype: riad.al.khouri

A Jordanian economist specializing in the Middle East, Riad has for over forty years trained, lectured, advised, and researched on a wide variety of socio-economic, business, and strategic topics such as good governance, migration, foreign aid, free trade agreements, post-crisis economies, strategic planning, cultural familiarization, conflict resolution, non-government organizations (NGOs) and sustainable development. His mother tongue is Arabic, and he is also fluent in English, with a strong working knowledge of French.

Dr Rebwar Fatah

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

Dr Rebwar Fatah is the founder and Managing Director of MECS. He has extensive knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa, and of Western involvement in that region. Dr Fatah has been working as a Middle East expert since 2000, and has produced hundreds of reports for court purposes. Dr Fatah's reports have been cited in over two thousand immigration appeals, as well as family and criminal cases in which his expertise has been accepted. A number of media outlets and professional bodies also rely on his opinion, as well as IOM, UNHCR, and national government bodies.

Dr Fatah’s commercial and financial knowledge of the Middle East and the western market, coupled with his deep knowledge of technology and its implementation makes him unique in his field. He regularly visits the Middle East conducting fact-finding missions to ensure that his knowledge is up to date and based on reliable information. Dr Fatah 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 general security (examining the actions of state and non-state actors) and sufficiency of protection, crimes of honour, healthcare, corruption, employment markets, and at-risk groups of different sexual, religious, political and cultural profiles.

Dr Filippo Dionigi

Dr Filippo Dionigi is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the London School of Economics Middle East Centre. He is currently researching the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. His research often involves elite-level interviews with international organisations officers, members of government and diplomatic missions, as well as visits to refugee settlements and local administrative institutions.

His main research interests are international relations theories applied to the Middle Eastern regional context, state-refugee relations, and international politics and religion. Dionigi has carried out extensive fieldwork in several Arab countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia. 

Dr Guita Hourani

Email: guitaghouraniatgmail [dot] com 

Dr Guita G. Hourani is the Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon. She has a Ph.D. in Humanities from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan. Dr Hourani has provided expert opinion and verified country information related to citizenship, asylum seeking and refugee rights and conditions in Lebanon to many institutions including the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons in Belgium andUNHCR among others. She also served as a member of the Migration Expert Committee of the Directorate of Migrants at the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the UNDP National Academic Working Group on Migration in Lebanon. Her recent work include: “Refugees of the Arab Spring: The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon” with Sam van Vliet, published by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University of Cairo, Egypt; “Transit Migration of Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon” and “Migration Intentions of Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon” with Kamal Abou Chedid and Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous for the International Organization for Migration (IOM); “Effect of Migration Policies on Human Rights in the European Neigbourhood: The Cases of Georgia, Kosovo and Lebanon” with Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous for the Directorate-General for External Policies: Policy Department, The European Parliament; “Insecurity, Migration and Return: the Case of Lebanon Following the Summer 2006 War” with Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous, published by CARIM, Italy; “Gender Mainstreaming Forced Migration Research” with Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous in Al-Raida, published by the Lebanese American University (LAU) Press; and “Rapid Assessment of the Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Employment Profile and Implications on the Labour Markets”, funded by the International Labor Organization (ILO), Carthage Center for Research and Information (CCRI), Lebanon, June 2013. She has one published book entitled The Impact of the Summer 2006 War on Migration in Lebanon: Emigration, Re-Migration, Evacuation, and Returning. 

Dr Suzanne Menhem

Email: suzanne [dot] menhematgmail [dot] com

Dr Suzanne Menhem holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences with sub-specialty in migration studies from the University of Poitiers (Migrinter) in France, as well as at the Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese University in Lebanon. Her doctoral research project is entitled: “The New Migrants in Lebanon: Toward an Ethnicization of the Labor Market” which encompassed extensive stakeholders and expert interviews, as well as field survey and observation of immigrant labors from Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Ethiopia and Syria among others. She is currently Professor at the Lebanese University Lebanon. She is a member of Migrinter.  Dr. Menhem is an expert in field survey management and implementation. She has managed several projects & field surveys concerning refugees.

Dr Maya Mikdashi (LGBTI)

Email: mtmikdashiatgmail [dot] com 

Dr. Mikdashi is an Assistant Professor at Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She completed her PhD in Anthropology from the Columbia University, 2014. Her current research/manuscript focuses on the law, archives, citizenship, secularity, religious conversion, sexual difference, war on terror in Lebanon. She has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014-2016 at the Rutgers University, and a Faculty Fellow/Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University (2012-2014). She has published widely in journals including International Journal of Middle East Studies, Comparative Study of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Maya has also contributed to several edited volumes.  She is a co-founding editor of Jadaliyya.com and co- founding member of filmmaking cooperative Quilting Point Productions.

Dr George Joffé

Email: gj235atcam [dot] ac [dot] uk or emailatgeorgejoffe [dot] com
Skype: george.joffe

Professor Joffé, Director, Centre for the Study of International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. From 1997-2000 Professor Joffé was the deputy-director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London; member,  EuroMeSCo Network;  from 2007-10, visiting fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford;  currently a senior member of St Antony’s College and he is an analyst for NOREF; Consultant, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the  US State Department. He has also advised the European Commission (DG Relex), EuropAid and the new External Action Service. He is prepared to provide country of origin experts witness statements for Morocco including the Western Sahara, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, the GCC states, Yemen, Iran, Iraq and Chad.

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