Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Tunisia - COI

Click here to see the host countries for refugees originating from Tunisia. 

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 Carolyn Fluehr- Lobban

Email: efluehratric [dot] edu

Tel: (401) 467 2857

Dr.Carolyn Fluehr Lobban is a Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Rhode Island College as well an Adjunct Professor of African Studies and President of the World Affairs Council. She is a Sudanese expert and has authored and published numerous books and publications on Islamic Law and Society, Sudan`s War and Peace Agreements as well as on the National Islamic Front. Her particular research focus is on Women Rights, Gender Issues, Ethics and Human Rights. She is also an expert on other Middle Eastern countries, especially Egypt and Tunisia where she conducted fieldwork. With her husband Richard Lobban, she served as  an expert witnesses in the US for asylum cases for northern and southern Sudanese as well as for refugees from Egypt, Nigeria, Eritrea and Ethiopia for about 20 years. Those cases also included FGM cases and all of them have been won with a 100% success rate. Together with her husband she founded the Sudan Studies Association.

Dr Shaul Gabbay

Email: gabbayatmuslimworldexpert [dot] com

Dr Shaul Gabbay acts as a resource for immigration attorneys seeking advice, counsel and expert testimony in asylum cases. Formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East at the University of Denver, he has published extensively on cultures and customs in all Muslim countries, persecution issues based on family dishonor, gender and homosexuality, and sociology and politics of the Muslim world. Professor Gabbay’s expertise helps immigration attorneys and judges understand key societal issues and trends in the Muslim world that have life-threatening repercussions for Muslim immigrants throughout the U.S. at risk of deportation. His oral testimony and written analysis draws on his extensive knowledge and examination of cultural practices in Muslim countries as well as his life experience growing up in the Middle East. More information is on his website  www.muslimworldexpert.com.

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, 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.

Dr Mohamed Kerrou 

Email: mkerrouatgmail [dot] com 

Mohamed Kerrou is a professor of Political Science at the University of Tunis El Manar. He is specializing in development, gender studies, and political change, with an emphasis on Islam and civil society, conflicts, violence and political consensus in Tunisia and the Middle East.  He is also a founding member of the Observatory of Tunisia Political Transition in Tunisia, and a visiting professor at both the University of Aix en Provence in France and the University of Rovira i Virgili in Spain.  Kerrou is the author of  various articles and books on culture, religion, and politics.

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