Dr. Michelle Parlevliet is a practitioner and academic with over 20 years of experience working on the nexus of human rights, justice and peacebuilding. She has provided facilitation, training, research and technical assistance to multiple organisations and networks at grassroots and senior policymaking level in Southern and East Africa, South and South-East Asia, and Western Europe, capturing insights in academic and professional publications. She currently works as Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam (Department of Political Science).
Before moving into academia, Dr. Parlevliet served as senior conflict transformation adviser for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal (2006-2009) and also worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa (1999-2005), the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1997) and the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (1996, 1998). She has consulted for the World Bank (Indonesia), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Council for Human Rights Policy, the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, German development agency GIZ, swisspeace and other non-governmental organisations.
She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, the International Advisory Board of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (University of East London), and on the practitioner board of the Violence Prevention Initiative (Graduate Institute Geneva), a research programme to construct effective measures to prevent serious human rights abuses. Michelle has published widely on human rights and peacebuilding; national human rights institutions; civil society engagement in conflict prevention; and transitional justice. She holds a PhD in Law, a MA in Political Science (both Un. of Amsterdam), and a MA in International Peace Studies (Univ. of Notre Dame).