Biography

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. For 2020, she is assisted by the Bonavero Programmes Manager to facilitate the programmes while she will be on leave for several months.

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 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. 

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  • A Micus, The Inter-American Human Rights System as a Safeguard for Justice in National Transitions. From Amnesty Laws to Accountability in Argentina, Chile and Peru. (Brill - Nijhoff 2015)
    In The Inter-American Human Rights System as a Safeguard for Justice in National Transitions, Annelen Micus analyzes the importance of the Inter-American Human Rights System for transitional justice processes in Latin America, with a focus on Argentina, Chile and Peru. She examines which factors influence a country’s approach in confronting its past and addressing impunity. The emphasis is placed on the way countries may overcome amnesty laws with the support of international law in order to hold perpetrators of grave human rights violations to account. The book’s main focus is on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the impact of its jurisprudence on legal proceedings and political decisions within the national transitional justice processes in the three countries.
    ISBN: 978-9004289727

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