Rwanda – COI

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Dr Hazel Cameron

Dr Cameron has academic expertise in East African and Southern African administrative, political, economic and social issues, with a specific focus on Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa. She has over thirty years of experience providing expert witness testimony at criminal and civil courts of law in the UK and abroad, including the Torture Claims Appeal Board, in Hong Kong. She is fully conversant with the duties and responsibilities of an expert witness to the court. The expert is a critical criminologist with a particular research interest in state crime including genocide, crimes against humanity and other gross violations of human rights.  She is qualified to provide comments on issues that include Abortion| Asylum| Country Case Law| Crimes Against Humanity| Criminal Justice System| Document Authentication| Disability| Domestic Violence| Education| Election Violence| Employment| Ethnic Groups| Ethnic Violence| Food Security| Gender Based Violence| Genocide| Gross Violations of Human Rights| Health Care Availability| Health Insurance| Housing| Human Trafficking| Internal Relocation| Language| LGBTI| Mental Health Services| Organised Crime| Opposition Politics| Policing| Political Violence| Prison Conditions| Refugees| Risks on Return| Sexual Violence| Social Groups| State Security Forces| State-Sponsored Violence| Sufficiency of Protection| Torture| Witchcraft| Witness Protection|

She is also available for document authentication, in-country document certification, in-country document retrieval, and other in-country enquiries on behalf of the court/tribunal.

Her research to date has received regional, national and international media attention. Multiple live television and radio interviews have been undertaken with Sky news; France 24; TVR; South Africa Broadcasting Corporation; Chinese television; Australian television; Euronews; Channel 4; British Forces Radio; Russian Television, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and BBC Radio Scotland. Research has been featured in newspaper articles around the globe, including in the UK, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA.

Will Jones


Will Jones is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. His geographic research expertise is Central Africa (particularly Rwanda) and has also conducted research on Zimbabwean refugees.

Dr Andrea Purdeková, D.Phil (Oxon), MSc (Oxon), MA (Johns Hopkins)

Tel: +44 (0)7 56 54 25 627

Dr Andrea Purdekova is a researcher whose principal focus over the past five years has been the politics of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. She conducted research in Rwanda in 2008/9 and has published on the topics of state, political dynamics and social transformation (unity and reconciliation, nation-building, collective identity/identity politics) in Rwanda, the areas she can offer expertise in asylum claims. Relevant publications: ‘Rwanda’s Ingando Camps: Liminality and the Reproduction of Power’, RSC Working Paper No. 80, 201; 2011 “Even if I am not here, there are so many eyes:” surveillance and state reach in Rwanda’, Journal of Modern African Studies 49(3): 475-497; and other to be supplied legal adviser via email on request. She speaks basic Kinyarwanda, Slovak/Czech, English, French, Spanish, and German.

Judi Rever


Judi Rever is a Montreal-based freelance journalist, formerly with Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale. She has reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda and conducted research into the disappearance, kidnapping and killing of Rwandan refugees and dissidents abroad. She is the author of the book, In Praise of Blood, the Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front.

Dr Harry Verhoeven


Harry Verhoeven is the Convenor of the Oxford University China-Africa Network, an Associate Member of the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Senior Adviser to the European Institute of Peace. Prof Verhoeven completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he subsequently was a postdoctoral fellow and a Junior Research Fellow. He is the author and editor of five books and is deeply invested in the human rights of individuals and communities in the countries where he works.

Dr Simon Turner


Dr Simon Turner is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen. His recent research focuses on state-diaspora relations in Rwanda, refugee camps, hope among clandestine Burundian refugees in Nairobi, masculinities, and anticipating violence and flight strategies in relation to the ongoing conflict in Burundi. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in International Development and Geography and a PhD in International Development Studies from Roskilde University.

Prof. Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o


Prof. Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o holds a BA and an MA from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and obtained his PhD from Northeastern University, Boston, with his dissertation entitled “Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Democratization vs. Authoritarianism in Kenya and Zambia.” He is currently a Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. He previously held posts at the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has also published extensively on Africa, with topics ranging from the gendered aspects of African political spaces to the roots of ethnic conflict on the continent. His current research focuses on post-genocide reconstruction in Rwanda, protracted identity conflicts in Eastern Africa, governance and development in Kenya, and the nature of political actors in the Kenyan public space.

Laura Young, JD, MPH


Laura is a US-trained human rights lawyer based in Nairobi, Kenya who works across sub-Saharan Africa as a consultant on governance and human rights for USAID, the UN, governments, and international NGOs. Laura has published numerous articles and reports focused on conflict dynamics, gender, minority rights, transitional justice, migration, health, and other human rights issues in the African context. Laura has provided expert input for immigration and asylum cases in both the US and UK, focused on LGBT, FGM/C, domestic violence, trafficking, access to health services (including mental health and HIV), ex-combatants, ethnic minorities, disability access, police protection, and other key issues.

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Last updated 16/11/2022