Prof. Peter L. Patrick
Language & Linguistics
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Essex, UK
+44 (0) 1206 872088

Prof. Monika Schmid Language & Linguistics University of Essex & University of Groningen
+44 (0) 1206 872089  

Dr. Karin Zwaan
Centre for Migration Law Radboud University Nijmegen P.O. Box 9049
6500KK Nijmegen
the Netherlands
+31 24 361.2934


LARG Advisory Panel

Boraana Oromo GIS mapLARG is advised by a distinguished panel of experts with collective experience of linguistic, legal, human rights and bureaucratic dimensions of LADO and asylum. Members are based in the UK, Europe, North America & Australasia.

Members include linguistic experts with first-hand experience in LADO and related areas such as forensic linguistics, legal experts in migration and asylum law, human rights practitioners, representatives of asylum/refugee NGOs, senior government staff in LADO bureaux, academics of other disciplines with experience in asylum contexts, and LADO researchers from human rights, linguistics or other viewpoints.

Advisory Panel members serve a 3-year term. Besides their primary role - consulting with Convenors over publications, events, research and membership matters - they participate in discussion, attend expert meetings, and make their research available to the Group. The links in the left column of the table below contain profiles for all Panel members and Convenors.

Convenors Affiliation Expertise
Prof Peter L Patrick, PhD University of Essex Sociolinguistics, forensic linguistics, Creoles, LADO
Prof Monika Schmid, PhD Universities of Essex & Groningen Bilingual development, language attrition, language acquisition
Dr Karin M Zwaan, PhD Radboud University Nijmegen European & international migration and refugee law
Panel Members Affiliation Expertise
Dr Enam Al-Wer, PhD University of Essex Sociolinguistics, Arabic dialectology, LADO
Eric Baltisberger Swiss Federal Office for Migration Head of Language Services (incl. LADO bureau)
Prof Jan Blommaert, PhD University of Tilburg Discourse analysis, African linguistics, ethnography
Dr Diana Eades, PhD University of New England Sociolinguistics, forensic linguistics
Dr Helen Fraser, PhD Independent Researcher Phonetics, Forensic transcription, L2 pronunciation
Prof Geoff Gilbert, PhD, LLM University of Essex International human rights, migration/asylum law
Dr Katrijn Maryns, PhD University of Gent Forensic linguistics, discourse analysis
Prof Tim McNamara, PhD University of Melbourne Applied linguistics, language assessment, LADO
Prof Pieter Muysken, PhD Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen Sociolinguistics, bilingualism, language contact
Dr Fallou Ngom, PhD Boston University French & African linguistics, LADO
Mr Nick Oakeshott, LLM, MA Head of Law, Asylum Aid International human rights, migration/asylum law
Prof John Packer, LLM University of Essex Economic, social, cultural & minority rights
Prof Renos Papadopoulos, PhD University of Essex Analytical psychology, trauma, migration, refugees
Prof John Victor Singler, PhD New York University Sociolinguistics, African linguistics, Creoles, LADO
Prof Lawrence Solan, PhD, JD Brooklyn Law School Language & law, linguistics & legal argumentation
Dr Jan ten Thije, PhD Utrecht Institute for Linguistics Intercultural communication, multilingualism
Dr Maaike Verrips, PhD De Taalstudio, Amsterdam Psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, LADO