Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Western Sahara - COI

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

Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Email: e [dot] fiddian-qasmiyehatucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is a Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford. Her current research focuses on the impact of the protracted Sahrawi refugee situation on gender relations. She has worked as a Legal Advisor for refugees in Cairo (with AMERA-Egypt), as well as on Amnesty International Australia's Refugee Team in Sydney. She was a legal clerk at the International Criminal Court. She is able to comment on general conditions in the Western Sahara, issues surrounding Family Visits, and conditions in the refugee camps in Algeria.

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, Western Sahara 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 Jacob Mundy

Email: jmundyatcolgate [dot] edu

Dr. Jacob Mundy (PhD, University of Exeter 2010) is an Associate Professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Colgate University. He has written asylum support letters for clients in the United States and United Kingdom coming from Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, and Libya. During the 2018–2019 academic year, serving as a Fulbright Scholar, he was a visiting professor with the International Political Economy program at the Tunis Business School, part of the Université de Tunis. His research examines foreign involvement in armed conflicts in Northwest Africa. He has conducted field- and archival work in Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. He is willing to discuss writing support letters or reports for cases involving (1) the political persecution of Sahrawis (Western Saharans) and Imazighen/Berbers (Morocco and Algeria); (2) victims of terrorism and state persecution related to the civil conflict in 1990s Algeria; and (3) persons affected by the civil conflict in Libya since 2011.

Dr Jaques Roussellier

Email: roussellierathotmail [dot] com ( roussellierathotmail [dot] com )

Dr. Roussellier is an international political consultant and instructor at the American Military University. He has worked for the World Bank, UN and as a Human Rights Advisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (1992-1997). He served as spokesperson for the United Nations Peace-Keeping Operations in Western Sahara (1999-2001), where he was actively engaged in UN activities in the region and developed relationships with key constituencies. He has written several articles and briefs focusing on Western Sahara.

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