Mia Swart is research director of the Democracy and Governance Unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Her research focus is on transitional justice, international criminal law and comparative constitutional law. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and a non-resident fellow at Brookings Doha Center and a fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation Before joining HSRC, she worked as Professor of International Law at the University of Johannesburg and Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. She previously worked as Assistant Professor of Public International Law and Global Justice at Leiden University from which she earned her PhD in 2006. She received research grants from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation in 2007 and 2009. In 2012, she worked at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London. Her work has been cited by South African courts as well as by the International Criminal Court. Her co-edited book 'The Limits of Transition: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission 20 Years After' was published in 2017.
Mia has consulted for UNDP in Palestine and for Amnesty International in Southern Africa. Her work on Palestine focuses on reconciliation in the inter-Palestinian context as well as the Palestinian judiciary. She chairs the Complementarity committee of the International Law Association. She is a regular contributor to South African and international media outlets.