Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Nigeria - COI

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Gary Foxcroft

Email: garyatwhrin [dot] org
Tel: +44 74 03 97 39 64

Gary Foxcroft is an award-winning human rights advocate and social entrepreneur with over ten years experience of establishing and managing organisations in UK and Nigeria. As the co-founder of the charity - Stepping Stones Nigeria - which was established in 2005, he has developed particular expertise in the fields of education and witchcraft accusations.  This has led to Gary being widely consulted by UN bodies such as UNHCR and OHCHR, presenting key note addresses at international conferences, providing interviews for media houses and being consulted as an expert witness in a number of asylum and refugee cases. In 2012, he also established the Witchcraft and Human Rights Network (WHRIN).

Dr Hermione Harris 

Tel: +44 (0)2 07 22 66 465
Email: hmharris12athotmail [dot] com

Hermione Harris is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University (SOAS) from where she obtained a doctorate in Social Anthropology. She has spent many years working on ethnic minorities in Britain, particularly the Nigerian diaspora. Her special interest is in Nigerian religious practice, the subject of various publications including Yoruba in Diaspora: an African Church in London. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2006. This includes a study of the concept of spiritual power, and its relevance to the phenomena of witchcraft and juju, as well as its centrality in Pentecostal Christianity.

She has acted as an expert witness in various cases concerning the Nigerian community in Britain, including social care, FGM, autism and witchcraft. The majority of these cases centre on the question of the trafficking of Nigerian girls and young women into the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation, and an analysis of the juju rituals to which they have been subjected to ensure their compliance. A chapter on this topic, SexWork and Ceremonies, will be published by Ashgate in 2014.

Dr Adam Higazi

Email Address: ah652atcam [dot] ac [dot] uk

Research in social anthropology and politics/history, focusing on central and northern Nigeria. Ethnographic fieldwork in Nigeria, on patterns of sociality and exchange on the Jos PLateau, central Nigeria, an area of hifh ethno-linguistic diversity and religous pluralism; studying Islamic and Christian articulations of belief, politics, and identity; violent conflict and conflict resolution; cultural revivalism and local understandinfs of insecurity; governance, education, livelihoods, and trade in urban and rural settings of central and northern Nigeria. Research also in north-east Nigeria on the Boko Haram Insurcency.

NOTICE: From February 2016, Dr. Higazi is carrying out field research in the regions and is unable to respond to requests for COI Expert statements. We will inform you when he may have time again.

James Ibor, Barrister

Email: jamesiboratyahoo [dot] com

James Ibor is based in Calabar, Cross River Sate, Nigeria. He is the Executive Secretary for the NGO Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRC) and is currently working on the Niger Delta Child Rights Watch (NDCRW) project. He represents children in cases of child abuse including accusations of witchcraft, physical and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment, child trafficking, child prostitution and sexual exploitation.

Benjamin N. Lawrance, Ph.D.

Email: bnlatrit [dot] edu
Webpage: www.rit.edu/cla/sociology/international/conable

Benjamin N. Lawrance is the Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has conducted field research in West Africa since 1997 and published extensively about political and social conditions. He has served as an expert witness in the asylum cases for  over 130 West Africans in the US, Europe and Canada which have involved human trafficking, citizenship, statelessness, female genital cutting, gender issues, gender identity, ethnic and religious violence, and witchcraft accusations.

Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi

Email: wocon95atyahoo [dot] com

Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi is a lawyer, called to the Nigerian Bar in 1976, a notary public and member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). She is an international gender consultant, researcher and board member of several international and national NGOs. She is the Executive Director of Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) a women’s human rights NGO with UN Consultative status. Concerned about the growing trends in human trafficking, she led WOCON to provide the earliest, national response to the problem of human trafficking in Nigeria. She has written several expert opinions on cases involving human rights generally, migration rights, human trafficking, forced labour and gender violence including FGM at local and international levels. She is widely published with more than 50 publications consisting of books, articles and presentations made at numerous national and international fora. Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi speaks and writes English and Yoruba fluently and speaks and writes French conversational.

Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu

Email: vickylegalatyahoo [dot] com

Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu has a Master Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and is qualified to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2000.  She has over 12 years experience on gender, migration and women’s rights issues (especially sexual and gender based violence, human trafficking and migration) spanning legislative and policy advocacy, research, and training at local, regional and international levels. At the moment, she works with the UN as the Gender Advisor to UNDP Somalia. From 2009 to 2011 she worked at the UNDP in Sierra Leone as the Programme Specialist on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, where she managed a project on promoting access to justice and service delivery to victims of sexual and gender based violence. She was the National Project Coordinator of the International Labour Organization’s Program against Forced Labour and Human Trafficking in West Africa (ILO- PATWA) from 2004 - 2006. Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu has written many independent expert opinions on human trafficking, sexual and gender based violence, and migration cases from the UK. She is fluent in English, Igbo, Hausa and Krio/Pidgin with basic knowledge of French. She cannot work on a pro bono basis.

Max Siollun

Email: maxsiollunatyahoo [dot] com

Max Siollun is a writer, historian and socio-political commentator on Nigeria, its history, politics and current affairs (for publications in Nigeria, Europe, and the US). He holds degrees in law and a Master's Degree in African Studies, both from the University of London. Mr Siollun has written objectively for several years about the role of the Nigerian military in politics, and about Nigeria’s post-independence history. His writing culminated in two seminal books about Nigeria: ‘Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture 1966-1976’, published in 2009, is considered the definitive reference point on Nigeria’s post-independence history up until the late 1970s. His latest book ‘Soldiers of Fortune: Nigerian Politics From Buhari to Babangida (1983-1993)’ continues the story of Nigerian history where 'Oil, Politics and Violence' ended.

Jane Anyaegbunam (FGM/C) 

Email: j [dot] anyaegbunamathotmail [dot] com

Jane Anyaegbunam was born in Agbor, Nigeria and came to the UK in 1967 to study psychiatric nursing at Surrey. She became a midwife in South End and through this occupation, in which she worked for 18 years, delivering the babies of women who had undergone FGM/C, became interested in FGM/C issues. She attended the University of Hertfordshire to study Health Visiting and practised as a Health Visitor with a specialization in Child Protection. Jane has published on and given talks about FGM/C. She retired in January 2009 and is now doing voluntary work as Health Educator for 28 Too Many, an organization working and campaigning to eradicate female genital mutilation. Jane has served as an expert witness on FGM/C on three occasions.

Joy Walker (FGM/C)

Email: jukwalkeratyahoo [dot] com
 
Joy Walker was born in Nigeria, from the Ibo tribe of Delta State. She has more than 17 years of experience in research and producing campaigns to stop FGM/C in Nigeria and globally. Jow created an international travel museum and accompanying brouchures as the campaign platform to end FGM/C with positive success. To date, she has addressed different parliaments, various governments, and community leaders on the FGM/C campaigns. Joy is well informed on Widowhood rites, the Umu.ada, Omu and the Umu-Nna institutions and some traditional festivals in the Igbo land of South and Mid West parts of Nigeria. Joy has an MBA degree in Applied Management and certificates in French and Project Management. She also runs the non-profit organisation WICSA, set up to empower women economically. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at the Arizona Summit Law School, Phoenx Arizona, USA.
 

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.                                                                                                                                                                              

Miss Adure Uzo-Peters

Tel: +234 805 440 9962

Email: azuzopetersatgmail [dot] com, az [dot] uzopetersatui [dot] edu [dot] ng

Adure Uzo-Peters is a Lecturer in the Commercial and Industrial Law department in the Faculty of Law, Univer-sity of Ibadan, Nigeria where she lectures Company Law, Law and Development, and Commercial Law. She also consults for international and Nigerian-based organisations such as the International Crisis Group and Green Hope Youth Empowerment Initiative on political, legal and social issues in Southern Nigeria. As a con-sultant, she has worked with lawyers in the United Kingdom to provide Nigerian Country Expert Reports in asy-lum cases involving Nigerians; on issues including secession and harmful cultural practices in Nigeria. Adure also works as a pro-bono lawyer in Nigeria attached to the War Against Child sexual, physical abuse (WACSPA) and assists indigent women in civil litigation cases as a Staff Clinician at the Women’s Law Clinic, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan.

In 2013, Adure volunteered as a Research Assistant for the Access to Medicines Project (a collaboration be-tween the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the Open Society Justice Initiative, London). In 2015, she served as National Assistant Secretary of the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers and as Secretary to the Rapporteurs Committee of the 2016 NALT Conference.

Adure obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Ibadan, Nigeria graduating with First Class Honours, and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Her research focus cuts across broad areas of global sustainability, consumer protection, equity and development.

Dr Muhammad Kamaldeen Imam-Tamim

Tel: +234 703 44 999 44 or +234 908 17 234 80

Email: lawyertamimatgmail [dot] comlawyertamimatyahoo [dot] com 

Dr. Imam-Tamim, Muhammad Kamaldeen is a qualified practicing lawyer in Nigeria. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006. Since his call to the Bar, he has practiced as an Associate Counsel in various medium-ranked law offices both in Kaduna, Nigeria and Ilorin, Nigeria. The Law Offices where Dr. Imam-Tamim gathered his litigation and solicitor experience include Mas’ud Alabelewe & Co, Kaduna, Nigeria (offline), Tunde Olomu & Co., Ilorin-Nigeria (offline) and K. K. Eleja SAN & Co., Ilorin-Nigeria (online – www.kkeleja.net – but the site links appear to be broken). His practice areas cover civil litigation and family law. Dr. Imam-Tamim is also an academic and member of the Law Faculty of the University of Ilorin, Ilorin-Nigeria, where he teaches and researches into Family Law, Islamic Family Law, Customary Law and Law Research Methodology. He bagged a PhD on Legal Pluralism and Family Law. He is an Alumnus of the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), a member of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, Comparative Law Society of Nigeria among others.

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