Dr Jawad Hassan Zadeh

Country of Origin Expert

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Dr Jawad Hassan Zadeh is an experienced expert witness who provides expert evidence in immigration, asylum, criminal, civil and family proceedings pertaining to citizens of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Dr Jawad specialises in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has worked as an expert witness since 2006 and has given evidence in First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal courts. Dr Jawad offers expert opinion on various issues relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan, verifies the authenticity of documents and conducts nationality assessment interviews for the disputed nationality cases.

Cases undertaken

Cases undertaken

Dr Jawad has 16 years of experience in providing country of origin, Forensic Document Examinations and authentication expert reports in various legal proceedings for UK, European and US clients. He receives instructions on:


  • Access to Medication
  • Administrative procedures
  • Afghanistan legal system and court cases
  • Blood Feuds
  • Cultural Issues
  • Disputed nationality cases
  • Education
  • Fact-finding matters conducted in Afghanistan
  • Forced Marriages
  • Health Facilities
  • Human Rights
  • Internal Relocation
  • Islamic Law, marriage, divorce, alimony, custody of children
  • Jirga Decisions
  • Language Assessment for Determining Origin (LADO)
  • LGBT Issues
  • Linguistic Reports
  • Mental Health
  • Pashtunwali
  • Prison conditions
  • PTSD
  • Risk on return
  • Sectarianism and Religious Minorities
  • Security Issues
  • Translation Issues
  • Tribal Dynamics
  • Verification of documents issued in Dari, Farsi, Pashto languages
  • Women, Children and Youth Right


  • Blood Feuds
  • Forced Marriages
  • Honour Crimes
  • Islamic Law, marriage, divorce, alimony, custody of children
  • Jirga Decisions
  • LGBT
  • Pashtun Issues
  • Pashtunwali
  • Prison Conditions
  • Religious Minorities
  • Verification of Authentications issued in Pakistan
  • Women Issues

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Jawad is an experienced expert witness. As of February 2022, Dr Jawad has prepared 1,126 expert reports for circa 200 firms based in France, Greece, Holland, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States of America.


Dr Jawad is prompt and ready to take instructions on all services he offers as an expert witness. He is regularly instructed to provide expert evidence and ensures good turnaround times. Dr Jawad is able to provide initial assessment of cases and documents and is able to use his language skills or the skills of his professional linguists team to interview the clients when there is a need to extrapolate further information for the completion of the expert evidence. No obligation free initial assessments will be provided on all document examination cases.

Qualifications & Professional memberships


  • BSC (HONS)
  • BA
  • LLM
  • PhD


AE – Academy of Experts

BIG – British Institute of Graphologists

BPS – British Printing Society

NHA – National Handwriting Examination

RMS – Royal Microscopical Society

SAFE – Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners

Specialist assessments offered

Authentication of documents from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Fact-finding work conducted in Afghanistan

Language Analysis to Determine Origin (LADO) interviews for clients originating or claiming to be from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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