Guinea – COI

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Benjamin N. Lawrance, Ph.D.

Professor of History at the University of Arizona



Benjamin N. Lawrance is the former Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently a professor of history at the University of Arizona.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. 

Dr. Anita Schroven

Dr. Schroven is a researcher at Conflict and Integration in the Upper Guinea Coast, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. She has served as expert witness in over 20 asylum cases involving issues such as FGC/M, ethnic and religious violence, political persecution, and witchcraft accusations. She has been researching in West Africa since 2004, and in Guinea specifically since 2006, addressing state-society relations, citizenship, political, ethnic and national identities, gender relations and women’s rights.

Jesper Bjarnesen


Jesper Bjarnesen is an Anthropologist and Africanist. Since 2013 he is a Senior researcher at theNordic African Institute at Uppsala, and since 2015 a Program Coordinator.He has authored and published numerous articles and lectured in different Universities around Europe. He also taught Conflict Anthropology for Undergraduate and Graduate Student at Uppsala University. Moreover, he has worked as a Consultant for Save the Children and for the Swedish National Defense College and Research Agency.He has conducted extensive anthropological research inBurkina Faso, Côte d`Ivoire and Guinea Conakry.

Jacqueline Knörr (FGM/C)


Jacqueline Knörr, Head of Research at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. Professor Knörr was brought up in Ghana and Germany and has for many years conducted extensive field research in Sierra Leone und the Upper Guinea Coast of West Africa more generally, as well as in Indonesia. She has worked as a Lecturer, Senior Researcher, University Professor, Scientific Director, and Political Advisor. She has served as expert witness in about two hundred asylum cases, writing expert reports concerning FGC/M and other human rights issues.