Current Visiting Fellows
Graham Donnelly (UK)
Graham is a lawyer from Scotland and currently an ESRC PhD Researcher at the University of Glasgow’s Department of Central and East European Studies. He holds degrees in Politics, from the university of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, and law, from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. In academia, Graham has focused on ethnic minority issues and EU external affairs; firstly completing a Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, writing on the longevity of minority rights reforms in Latvia, following EU accession in 2004; and now, his PhD research focuses on the EU as an actor in minority rights and issues in the EU’s (Eastern) ‘neighbourhood’.
As well as the legal profession, he has worked as a policy officer with the devolved Scottish Government, and, as a research and evaluation consultant with a private firm. He has worked with Scotland’s only ethnic minority law centre (EMLC), as a legal researcher, working on asylum and immigration cases, and he also works in a voluntary capacity with Amnesty International as a country coordinator for the former Soviet Union team, working on cases involving Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and is a Director of his local Citizens Advice Service. Graham teaches on two courses at the Department of Central and East European Studies: Communism and its Collapse and Communism in the Age of Stalin.
Graham’s research interests lie at the crossroads of the fields of international (or European) law and politics, with a special interest in how these fields impact on ethnic minority groups and peoples. Whilst at ECMI, where his stay is funded by the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, (CRCEES). Graham will be working with Dr. Alexander Osipov, being part of the Cluster Justice&Governance. He will also be drafting the UK section of ECMI’s new Minority Map and Timeline for Europe, in collaboration with Sonja Wolff.
Dennis Nejbir (UK)
Dennis Arbet Nejbir is a Kurdish human rights activist and lawyer. He studied law at Ruskin College Oxford and the University of Warwick. He has also successfully completed, with distinction, a LLM in International and European Union Law at the Vrije University of Brussels. He has been working voluntarily in a variety of capacities under the umbrella of the Kurdish Federation in the UK over the last 13 years. He was the Chair of the Kurdish Community Centre in London 2003 to 2005. Additionally, he was the Chair of Kurdish Federation in the UK 2009 to 2011, which lobbies to raise awareness of the rights of Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. He has worked in London as a lawyer, specialising in Asylum and Immigration law. He is currently doing his PhD at Queens University Belfast. His research assesses the situation for the Kurdish minority right in Turkey and the Basque minority in Spain by focusing on language and political participation right, with reference to the lessons that can be learned from Northern Ireland. On the basis of this assessment, his research will establish egalitarian and sustainable reforms for the issues concerning the Basques in Spain and the Kurds in Turkey.