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    Mia Swart is a Senior Lecturer in International Human Rights Law at Edge Hill University. She is an expert in international criminal law, transitional justice and human rights law. 

    Mia received a PhD in international law from Leiden University in 2006 and a LLM (magna cum laude) from Humboldt University, Berlin in 1999. She was the recipient of the Mandela scholarship as well as a recipient of the the Huygens scholarship. 

    She previously worked as Professor of International Law at the University of Johannesburg and as Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. In 2010 and 2011 she held the position of Assistant Professor of Global Justice at Leiden University.

    She is also an admitted attorney in the High Court of South Africa.

    She received the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in 2007 as well as in 2009, 2016 and 2021.

    She consulted for UNDP in Palestine in 2014 and for Amnesty International (Southern Africa) in 2014 and 2015.


    Criminal Law

    International Human Rights Law

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    International Law, PhD, Leiden University

    Award Date: 13 Dec 2006

    Law, Other, University of Cape Town

    Award Date: 7 Nov 1997

    International Law, Other, Humboldt University of Berlin

    Other positions

    Visiting Professor, University of the Witwatersrand


    • K Law
    • International Law


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