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Anja Matwijkiw

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Indiana University Northwest


Anja Matwijkiw is a Professor of Ethics & Human Rights at the Indiana University Graduate School and the Philosophy Program at Indiana University Northwest. Professor Matwijkiw is also Affiliated Faculty, Institute for European Studies, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, IU-Bloomington.

She earned a 6-year research degree (Magister) from Copenhagen University, Denmark (1989) and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England (1997). During her time in England, Professor Anja Matwijkiw also served as a Carlsberg Research Fellow and Researcher at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, England (1990-1995). She began her PostDoc in 1998 at the University of Chicago where she also was an Instructor for the Graham School of General Studies, a Visiting Lecturer at the Human Rights Program, and a Faculty Advisor for M.A. students at the Center for International Studies (1998-2003).

She is on the Editorial Boards for Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press), International Criminal Law Review (Brill-Nijhoff), Journal of International Criminal Law, and International Studies Journal (ISJ), where she replaced (in 2017) M. Cherif Bassiouni, the “’father’ of modern international criminal law.”

Professor Anja Matwijkiw was the 2019-2020 Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Public International Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law & Law Faculty, Lund University, Sweden. While affiliated with the Law Faculty, Professor Matwijkiw also designed and taught the course Human Rights, Values and Legal Trends: The Role of Ethics [in Public International Law].

Her current and international research collaborations include the Jean Monnet Module “EU-Western Balkans Cooperation on Justice and Home Affairs,” the University of Salerno, Italy (2019-2022); and research programme 70593 in Colombia entitled “Corruption Associated with Transnational Crime” (2020-2023). Professor Matwijkiw is both a Co-Investigator and Chair of the U.S. working Group for this programme.

Professor Anja Matwijkiw has authored or co-authored over seventy pieces of work, often of an interdisciplinary character that creates synergies between ethics, human rights, post-conflict justice, and law at the national and international level. Together with Dr. Bronik Matwijkiw, Professor Anja Matwijkiw pioneered the position called Stakeholder Jurisprudence. Her research has been cited in documents on international principles, e.g., The Nuremberg Declaration on Peace and Justice (2008, pre-draft version) and The Lexington Principles on the Rights of Detainees (2009). In 2010, Professor Matwijkiw authored ethics recommendations for the United Nations as a participant in the first global post-WWII study on transitional justice entitled Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice which was directed by M. Cherif Bassiouni.

Professor Anja Matwijkiw is a former Vice-President and Ethics Advisor of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC) for Northwest Indiana. From 2004 to 2010, she worked in a variety of capacities and roles to promote accountability, transparency and fairness in local government. In addition, she supervised, designed and conducted ethics training for public officials, just as she was one of the drafters of Lake County Ethics Pledge for Public Officials (2004), The Lake County Ethics Pledge for Employees of Governmental Entities (2004), and The Municipal Code of Ethics and Values (2005).


Research Interests

Human rights; educational and professional inequities; transitional justice theory and application