Dr Annelen Micus is the Head of Programmes of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. As Head of Programmes, Annelen seeks to enrich students’ exposure to and opportunities in the broad field of human rights and oversees the Institute’s Programmes, such as the Legal Aid Clinic at Huntercombe, the Strategising Seminar series, the Research Training Programme, the Student Fellowship Programme and human rights mooting, including the Price Media Moot Competition.
In her role, she contributes to the development of the strategy of the Institute, and in particular its Programmes, to promote the achievement of the Institute’s strategic vision. This includes establishing links with those engaged in human rights practice beyond the academy, seeking to widen the reach and impact of human rights activities at the Institute, including practical and theoretical work within the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond.
Annelen's research focuses on transitional justice, in particular with regard to Colombia, as well as business and human rights issues. She is Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded research grant on "Legitimacy, accountability, victims' participation and reparation in transitional justice settings - lessons from and for Colombia". Besides contributing to research on these issues, this project is specifically aimed at assisting the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace in addressing pressing questions such as how to operationalise the principles of victim participation and restorative justice.
Annelen is a member of the Steering Committee of the AHRC funded research project on "Mass grave protection for truth and justice", led by Dr Melanie Klinkner. She is also a member of OTJR and OxBHR and part of the Executive Committee of OPBP.
Previously, Annelen worked for two years with a Colombian human rights organisation, the Lawyers’ Collective “José Alvear Restrepo” (CAJAR), as international advisor on transitional justice as well as corporate accountability. Before going to Colombia, she was a Legal Advisor at the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), focusing on strategic litigation projects aiming for accountability for international crimes committed in Latin America by state and non-state actors.
Annelen studied law at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. In her doctoral thesis, published in 2015 by Brill, she analysed the importance of the Inter-American Human Rights System for transitional justice processes in Latin America, with a focus on Argentina, Chile and Peru.