Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - COI

Click here to see the host countries of refugees originating from Libya.

Dr Igor Cherstich 

Email: cherstichatgooglemail [dot] com

Dr Cherstich has provided expert information about Libyan affairs for Universities (University of Leiden – Van Vollenhoven Institute), Press Agencies (Agence France Press- AFP), Organisations (Human Rights Watch), Newspapers (Corriere della Sera), Radio (Radio Svizzera), and Television (ABC Australia, Channel Four)  He has also authored a series of expert reports dealing with Libyan asylum seekers. He is fluent in Arabic. 

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.

Mr Martin Jerrett

Email: martin_jerrettatyahoo [dot] com

In 2011, Mr. Jerrett worked in Libya and wrote regular analysis for UK risk mitigation company on Libyan security affairs. Between 2008 and 2011, he wrote reports on community/tribal dynamics in Libya for the IOC. He worked on conflict analysis for SaferWorld. He wrote tribal mappings for Libya. In 2011, he headed the IOM operations in Libya as part of the UN country team. Mr. Jerrett speaks Arabic and has also done extensive work in Yemen and Iraq. 

Hugh Miles

Email: mailathughmiles [dot] com

Hugh Miles is an investigative journalist specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked for a wide variety of media including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, the Telegraph, Independent and more. Hugh is the author of two books, 'Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World' (published Jan 2005) and 'Playing Cards in Cairo' (April 2008). He has contributed to several other publications. Since 2005 Hugh has been a Contributing Editor of the American University in Cairo’s media journal. He has acted as an expert witness in more than twenty asylum cases. He lives in Cairo.

Dr Jacob Mundy

Email: jmundyatcolgate [dot] edu
Jacob Mundy has been monitoring human rights in Libya since 2005, first as a regional expert with Amnesty USA (2005-2011) and then as an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict studies, Colgate University (2011-present), where he teaches courses on armed conflict and foreign interventions in northern Africa. In the summer of 2012, Prof. Mundy conducted research in Libya, interviewing various stakeholder groups in the 2011 civil war and the tenuous post-conflict phase. He has also served on the American Institute for Maghrib Studies' Libya Committee.


Dr Ronald Bruce St John

Email: rbstjohnatcomcast [dot] net

Ronald Bruce St John graduated from Knox College with a B.A. in political science and the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, with an M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations. Dr. St John was an affiliate professor at the Institute of International Studies, Bradley University, in 1982-2006, lecturing and teaching a course on Middle East politics. He participated in 1999-2001 in the Proyecto Trinacional, a trilateral project (Bolivia, Chile & Peru) promoting economic development in the Atacama Desert. He was actively engaged in 2002 in the Palestinian Authority’s Land Corridor Project, sponsored by The Adam Smith Institute in London. He delivered the 2003 Mary Newson Lecture on International Affairs at Eureka College and served as a moderator and discussant at the Columbia University conference on Libya in 2006. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Peru since 1999. He has served as a consultant for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, U.S. government agencies, National Geographic Magazine, World Book Encyclopedia, the Associated Press, Washington Post, and The New York Times. He also served on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Libyan Studies and The Atlantic Council Working Group on Libya. He is currently an analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus (www.fpif.org) and Oxford Analytica (www.oxan.com). Working as an independent scholar, Dr. St John has published 21 books and monographs and contributed to 22 others with a three-fold focus on Andean America, North Africa & the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. 

Dr George Joffé

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

Charles W. Dunne

Email: szukeatmei [dot] edu or charleswdunneatgmail [dot] com

Charles W. Dunne is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, a member of the John Hay Initiative, and has recently advised two presidential campaigns on Near East policy. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon (2007-2008), and was director of Middle East and North Africa programs from 2011 to 2015 at Freedom House, where he focused on human rights and democracy promotion in the region. Prior to joining Freedom House, he was Director for Iraq at the National Security Council from 2005-2007. Dunne spent 24 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving overseas in Cairo, Jerusalem, and Madras, India, and later served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he contributed to the development of presidential initiatives to advance political reform and democracy in the Broader Middle East and North Africa. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He is a frequent media guest on outlets such as BBC, al-Jazeera, and al-Hurra, and has appeared on CBS, Fox, and NPR.  He has written for numerous publications, including the Washington PostUS News and World Report, the American Interest, and The National in Dubai. He has often spoken in public on Middle East issues on panels and major conferences.