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Dr. Annette Mehlhorn

Dr. Annette Mehlhorn

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University


Annette Mehlhorn is currently doing research on the Rights of Nature under the umbrella of the Max Planck Fellow Group “Environmental Rights in Cultural Context” (ERCC) at the Max Planck Institute for Cultural Anthropology in Halle (Saale).

Prior to her current position she worked e.g. as a lecturer at Lüneburg University, as assistant professor/DAAD Fachlektorin for Sociology at the State University Saint Petersburg, as head for a project on non-dominant knowledge production in Stuttgart, in a legal aid clinic in El Alto and as a (doctoral) researcher at the Law and Anthropology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Cultural Anthropology.

She defended her PhD thesis in Anthropology titled “Law and Radical Politics – Struggles with, against and at the margins of emancipatory law in Plurinational Bolivia” in 2022 at Martin Luther University Halle. She also holds a MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Philosophy from Free University Berlin.

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Dr. Mehlhorn has taught a number of courses on human rights, critical university studies, globalization, the EU and legal pluralism at the University of Lüneburg, the State University of Sankt Petersburg and with Qhana Pukara (Bolivia).

Dr. Mehlhorn is currently focusing on the Rights of Nature and the broader topic of materialist analyses of global knowledge production of “emancipatory” concepts. Furthermore she has a long-standing interest in topics such as law and radical politics, legal pluralism, New Latin American Constitutionalism, the State and transformation and social movements. She is enthusiastic about qualitative social research and Theory.