Anja Matwijkiw holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy (of law) from the University of Cambridge, England, where she also served as a Carlsberg Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College. While working on her PostDoc at the University of Chicago, USA, she became a Visiting Lecturer at the Human Rights Program and Faculty Advisor for M.A. students, Center for International Studies. Anja Matwijkiw was also listed among “our friends at the University of Chicago who inspired, founded and nurtured the [Scholars at Risk] Network”.
Anja joined the RWI and Lund University’s Faculty of Law as the 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Distinguished Chair of Public International Law. In collaboration with Lund University Faculty of Law, she offers the course “Values, Rights and Legal Trends: Public International Law and the Role of Ethics” for the Master’s Programme in International Human Rights Law (MIHRI). Currently, Anja Matwijkiw is also a core faculty member of Indiana University. She is a Professor of Ethics & Human Rights, Indiana University Graduate School & Department of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, IU Northwest. Furthermore, her 2019 international teaching and research affiliations include the International Advisory Board of the Observatory on Human Rights: Bioethics, Health, Environment (ODUBSA) based at the Law School of the University of Salerno, Italy. In addition, Anja Matwijkiw taught for the 5th International Spring Course, EU Internal and External Security – Advanced Seminar in EU Criminal Law and Policy, Inter-University Centre of Dubrovnik, April 8-12, 2019, co-organized by University of Zagreb Faculty of Law & Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.
Her research and teaching focuses on human rights, ethics, contemporary trends in legal doctrine that address public international law, and post-conflict justice. The position she has developed and pioneered, namely Stakeholder Jurisprudence, is geared towards so-called narrow and broad considerations of rule of law parameters and criteria, and with an emphasis on general (human rights) rights analysis and assessment. Her interests encompass local-global connections, among other things, in (local) government, gender perspectives, and interdisciplinary approaches that make use of political ideology and free market theory.
Anja Matwijkiw is a former Vice-President of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC) for Northwest Indiana. In this capacity, she worked to promote accountability 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).
One of the current and main themes in Anja Matwijkiw’s research concerns foundational, logical and ideological interpretation that is consistent with a dual-aspect conceptualization of life, freedom and security. The book she is working on is entitled Stakeholder Philosophy, Activist Jurisprudence and Post-Conflict Justice: The Case of Bahrain.