Dr. Anna Petrig initiated the Sea Piracy Project of the Max Planck Institute for International and Foreign Criminal Law in Freiburg (Germany) in 2009 and managed it until the end of 2011. In 2013 she completed a research project on the transfer of piracy suspects to third States for their criminal prosecution at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Her current research focus is human rights at sea, especially in the areas of migration, law enforcement and the use of private maritime security companies. She is a keen supporter of the “Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) international maritime initiative.
Anna Petrig earned her law degree from the University of Freiburg (Switzerland) in 2003. During her studies, she spent a year at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris (France) where she specialized in European law. Anna Petrig holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (USA) where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar during the academic year 2006/2007 and focused on international human rights law. She is a member of the Bar of the Canton of Berne (Switzerland) and the New York State Bar (USA). She holds a PhD from the University of Basel (Switzerland). Her broad legal experience includes work in private practice, the courts and the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva (Switzerland).