Anja Mihr is founder and Program Director of the Center on Governance through Human Rights at Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform in Berlin. She is currently DAAD Visiting Professor in the Politics and Security Program at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
She has held professorships for democratization, public policy, international relations and human rights. Among others, she was substitute professor at the Willy-Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University in Germany and Associate Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
Anja has worked for the German Institute for Human Rights, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and is also independent consultant for human rights to the German Parliament and Transitional Justice to a number of German, UN and EU agencies and ministries.In addition, she carried out a number of Visiting Professorships for Human Rights, Law and Politics such as at Peking University Law School in China, the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at SIPA at Columbia University in New York.
Since September 2018 Anja serves a 5 years term in the Scientific Committee of the EU Frundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in Vienna, and has been elected chair of the committee in 2018. She has also been the European Program Director for the European Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratization (E.MA) at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights in Venice (EIUC) and was later appointed Head of the Rule of Law department at The Hague Institute for Global Justice in The Hague.
Starting as an assistant professor with the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights at the University of Magdeburg in 2002 in Germany, she was later a research director at the Humboldt University of Berlin carrying out a number of research project under the audition of the European FP 7 Program, the Volkswagen Foundation, NWO and DFG on Transitionl Justice, Human Rights and Democratization.
Anja received her Ph.D in Political Sciences from the Freie University (FU) of Berlin in 2001. She also served as Chair of Amnesty International Germany.