Michelle Parlevliet has been working on the nexus of human rights, justice and peacebuilding for nearly 20 years in various capacities and country contexts. She currently works as a freelance consultant and is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam while completing a dissertation that draws on her practical experiences.
Between 2006 and 2009 she served as senior conflict transformation adviser for Danida’s Human Rights and Good Governance Programme in Nepal. Before that, she worked with the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (1995-2005). She has provided facilitation, training, and technical assistance services to 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 and numerous other organisations and networks, including grassroots ones.
She is associated with consultancy network Facilitating Peace and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice; the international Advisory Board of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (at the University of East London); and the international Advisory Board of a three-year research program on transformative justice in Egypt and Tunisia funded by the UK-ESRC. Michelle has published widely on human rights and peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and transitional justice, and holds a MA in Political Science (Un. of Amsterdam) and a MA in International Peace Studies (Univ. of Notre Dame).