Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Syria - COI

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Riad al Khouri, MLitt (Oxon) 

Email: ralkhouriatgmail [dot] com
Phone: +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, post-crisis economies, strategic planning, cultural familiarization, conflict resolution, non-government organizations, and sustainable development. His mother tongue is Arabic, and he is also fluent in English, with a strong working knowledge of French. Riad began his extensive work on Syria while at university, and is one of the region's leading experts on Syrian affairs, having worked there with numerous local and international organizations, writing and publishing widely on developments in the country from the early 70s to date. He maintains cordial relations with different parties in the current Syrian conflict.

Prof Dawn Chatty

Professor of Anthropology, University of Oxford
Email: dawn [dot] chattyatqeh [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1865 281715

Dawn Chatty is Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford.  She is a social anthropologist whose ethnographic interests lie in the Middle East, particularly with refugee young people. Dawn is both an academic anthropologist and a practitioner, having carefully developed her career in universities in the United States, Lebanon, Syria and Oman. She was the director of the Refugee Studies Center at the University of Oxford. 

Judge Bruce J. Einhorn (ret.) (LGBTI)

Professor of Law, Pepperdine University
Director, Pepperdine Asylum and Refugee Law Clinic
Phone: (310) 506-4416
Of Counsel, Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group
Phone: (310) 570-4088
Email: bjejudgeataol [dot] com

Judge Einhorn is a member of the ABA National Commission on Immigration and a Lifetime National Commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League. He does extensive work on Egypt, Saudi Arabia (e.g., gays and Shiites there), Syria, Yemen, and Jordan. 

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 Alan George

Email: arg1atcompuserve [dot] com 

Dr George is a consultant, writer, and journalist. He gained his Master’s degree (on Middle East geography) 1972, and his PhD, on Syria, in 1978, at Durham University. Since 1984 he has worked as a freelance journalist, researcher and expert witness in political asylum cases involving the Middle East. He frequently commentates on Middle Eastern affairs for radio and television, and contributes to the Observer, the Independent and the Guardian. He is a former Head of Research at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and a former Assistant Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU). His publications include Syria: Neither Bread Nor Freedom (Zed Books, London: 2003), and a chapter on Syria’s economy in The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant, scheduled for publication in 2015.

Dr Omar Imady

Email: oi3atst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk

Omar Imady received his doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. His dissertation focused on the institutional evolution of the Islamic reform movement (1871- 1949). Imady’s professional experience combines practical fieldwork in Syria as a UN officer and consultant, academic experience, as an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, and managerial experience, as Dean of all academic programs at the New York Institute of Technology in Jordan. Imady is the author of various studies and UN reports on Syria and the Middle East. He is also a published poet and novelist and his novel, The Gospel of Damascus, has been translated into several languages. In late 2012, Imady joined the Centre for Syrian Studies (University of St Andrews) as a Senior Fellow, and subsequently, as the Centre’s Deputy Director for Outreach and Information Dissemination. 

Haian Dukhan

Email: hd25atst-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk

Haian Dukhan is a PhD Candidate at the School of International Relations/Centre for Syrian Studies in St Andrews University. His research interests deal with tribal political systems and social and political exclusion of tribal people in Syria. He is also a disability rights activist who led different disability campaigns in Syria and the UK. Dukhan's fieldwork experience has been largely done in Palmyra, a world heritage city in Syria, where he originally comes from. During the past four years of Dukhan's work on his PhD, he published many papers that were cited in different media outlets like: Tribes and Tribalism in the Syrian Uprising - The Islamic State and the Arab Tribes in Eastern Syria. He also presented his research in different universities and research centres worldwide.