Short CV/Education and training

  • Anja Mihr, born 1969, is a political scientist and Associate Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) (SIM) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

  • She works on processes of coming to terms with the past, reconciliation and democratisation in Europe.

  • In 2001, she received her doctorate at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin for her dissertation "Amnesty International in the GDR" and worked afterwards at various institutions, including at the German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin, and under the UNESCO-Chair in Human Rights Education at the University of Magdeburg; she was also the director of research at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

  • From 2006 to 2008, she was the director of the European Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice, Italy. Mihr held guest professorships at the Beida University in Peking in China, at the Columbia University in New York in the USA, at the Abo Akademi in Finland, at the Yerevan State University in Armenia and at the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

  • From 2002 to 2006, Mihr was on the board of directors of Amnesty International, Germany; she was the chairperson for two of those years.

Selected publications

  • Goodhart, M., Mihr, A. (eds.): Human Rights in the 21st Century; Continuity and Change since 9/11. Palgrave Macmillian, 2011.

  • Guzy, L., Mihr, A., Scheepers, R. (eds.): Wohin mit uns? Wissenschaftlerinnen der Zukunft. Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt/Berlin 2009.

  • Mahler, C., Mihr, A., Toivanen, R. (eds.): The UN-Decade for Human Rights Education and the Inclusion of National Minorities. Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt/ Berlin 2009.

  • Mihr, A.: Amnesty International in der DDR. Der Einsatz für Menschenrechte im Visier der Stasi. Christoph Links Verlag, Berlin 2002.

  • Mihr, A.: The European Human Rights Regime and its Policies after 2001. In: Goodhart, M., Mihr, A. (eds.): Human Rights in the 21st Century; Continuity and Change since 9/11, Palgrave Macmillian Publisher, 2011, pp. 131-149.

  • Mihr, A.: Francos langer Schatten? Aufarbeiten, Erinnern und Demokratie in Spanien. In: Kissel, W.S., Liebert, U. (eds.): Perspektiven einer europäischen Erinnerungsgemeinschaft. Nationale Narrative und transnationale Dynamiken seit 1989. Beiträge zur transnationalen und transkulturellen Europadebatte 7, Lit Verlag, Münster etc., 2010, pp. 127-143.

  • Mihr, A.: Human Rights Education. In: Denemark, R.E. (ed.): The International Studies Compendium Project. Wiley & Blackwell Publishing, Oxford University Press 2010, pp. 3439-3456.

  • Mihr, A.: Das Internationale Jahr zur Aussöhnung 2009. In: Zeitschrift für die Vereinten Nationen 1/2010, Nomos, Baden-Baden. pp. 21-26.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Focus en Massa Award from Utrecht University for the exploration of the relationships between Transitional Justice, Memory and Democracy, 2011 – 2012

  • Volkswagen Foundation Tandem Research Grant, for administration and research on Human Rights Education and Minorities in Europe at the University of Magdeburg and at Humboldt University of Berlin, 2003 – 2006

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • European Yearbook of Human Rights (first edition in 2009); Co-Editors: Benedek, W., Karl, W., Nowak, M. Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag & Intersentia, Vienna, London, Antwerp etc.

  • Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte (German Journal for Human Rights); Co-Editors: Debus, T., Kreide, R., Krennerich, M. Wochenschau Verlag, Schwalbach, Ts., click here for full information

  • Cuadernos Deusto de Derechos Humanos

    Universidad Deusto Bilbao; Member of the editorial board


  • Stiftung Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft (German Foundation on Remembrance, Responsibility and Future), Berlin. Consultancy on Human Rights Education, scientific and academic programs

  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Foundation), Jury member of the "Honorary office Prize" 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (Scientific Research Society), Vienna, Austria, evaluator


  • Special Advisor for Strategic Planning to the International Executive Committee and the international Secretary General Irene Kahn, 2006 – 2009

  • Member of the Board and Chair of Amnesty International Germany, 2002 – 2006


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