Morocco – COI

Dr Rebwar Fatah

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Dr Rebwar Fatah is the Director of the Middle East Consultancy Services. Dr Fatah has produced thousands of COI reports since he began working as an expert witness in 2000. In the past five years alone, Dr Fatah has produced 1,341 Expert Reports on the Middle East. These include:

  • 830 Country Expert Reports
  • 416 Document Authentication Reports
  • 95 Nationality Reports

Dr Fatah’s reports have been commissioned for and cited in several immigration appeals, as well as family and criminal cases. Moreover, he has assessed many people from the Middle East whose nationality, native language, ethnicity, place of residence has been disputed, and has examined thousands of documents from the MENA region. In addition to a deep knowledge of the region’s administrative and bureaucratic cultures, Dr Fatah’s multilingual proficiencies enable him to understand, interpret and evaluate official documents in the Middle East. As a part of this work, Dr Fatah has produced his own methodology for document authentications and nationality examinations.

Dr Fatah has also provided written and oral evidence in court; among them are five Country Guidance Cases, two Turkish extradition orders and many other cases. Moreover, Dr Fatah has also reviewed and provided guidance on Home Office CPIN reports.

Dr Fatah 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 the general security situation, sufficiency of protection, crimes of honour, healthcare, corruption, and at-risk groups of different sexual, religious, political and cultural profiles.

Dr Hein de Haas


Dr Hein de Haas is Co-Director of the  International Migration Institute (IMI) of the Department of International Development and the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the links between migration and processes of development and globalisation. He has carried out extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa and, particularly,  Morocco. He has published on a wide range of issues including the impact of migration on social, political and economic change in countries of origin, remittances and transnationalism,  and migration determinants.

Dr Souad Eddouada


Dr Souad Eddouada is an Academic Director of the School of International Training (SIT) program on Migration and Transnational Identity since 2010 and Professor at Iben Tofail University in Kenitra, Morocco. Her five years of involvement with SIT migration programme implied a daily work with migration studies students, activists and policy makers on issues related to migration, refugees and asylum seekers. Her direction of the program involves designing and teaching classes on: Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Morocco, Moroccan Residents Abroad, gender and migration and Post 2011 uprisings social movements that include migrants and refuges movements in Morocco. In addition to her academic work on women Left behind, Souad also supervises students research on migration, refugees and asylum seekers. Since 2010, Souad has supervised around 138 research projects on Moroccan Migration Policy and migrants and refugees rights, migrants activism from Africa South of the Sahara, migrant single mothers in Rabat and elsewhere in the country. She has studied at Mohammed V University and has been a Post Doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey, at Lund University in Lund. Conducted research in Tunisia and gave lectures in Finland, Stockholm Sweden, Germany, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Italy and published widely in her field.

Dr Shaul Gabbay


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 dishonour, 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 draw 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

Dr George Joffé

Tel: +44 20 76 04 30 27
Email: / 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), EuropeAid and the new External Action Service.

Dr Jacob Mundy


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 the 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 Katja Žvan Elliott


Katja Žvan Elliott is an Assistant Professor in North African and Middle East Studies at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She has lived and worked in Morocco since 2012. Her research focusses on gender, legal reforms, and politics in Morocco. She is currently conducting ethnographic research on gender-based violence and lack of legal protections, which involves working with a local NGO and its Listening Centre for Victims of Violence, and accompanying their clients to court, various local administrative units, police stations, and medical facilities. Prior to this research project, she wrote on the politics of 2004 Family Law reform which again involved in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in one of Morocco’s poorest provinces in the south of the country.

Dr. Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen


Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen (PhD, Clark University) is a postdoctoral associate with the Council for African Studies and a Faculty Fellow (2019-2020) in the Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Her research focuses on border governance and migration management policies in Morocco and in countries along migratory routes from West Africa to the Maghreb. Her ethnographic research highlights the ways that humanitarian migration and asylum policies differentially impact West and Central African refugees and migrants along axes of gender, ethnicity and race, and religion. She has held instructional positions at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and conducted research in Morocco with support from a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.