Anja Mihr is founder and Program Director of the Center on Governance through Human Rights, at Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform in Berlin, Germany. She has held professorships for democratization, public policy, international relations and human rights, among others, at the Willy-Brandt School of Public Policy, Erfurt University and at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
Mihr has been Head of the Rule of Law department at The Hague Institute for Global Justice and carried out a number of Visiting Professorships for Human Rights such as at Peking University Law School in China and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew Univeristy in Jerusalem. She has 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), Italy.
Anja Mir received her Ph.D in Political Sciences from the Free University in Berlin, Germany, in 2001.
Starting as an assistant professor with 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 the research project „Teaching Human Rights in Europe“. A number of other European research grants among them FP7, ORA,NWO and DFG on Transitionl Justice and Democracy followed later.
Anja also served as Chair of Amnesty International Germany. She has worked for German Institute for Human Rights, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and is currently independent consultan for human rights and transitional justice to the Committe of Human Rights of the German Bundestag and to the German Foreign Ministry and the parliament as well to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Union Parliament.