Enseignant-es et collaborateur-trices

Dambach, Mia

Mme Mia Dambach

Scientific Collaborator


Mia Dambach is an Australian trained lawyer with 20 years experience of working on children’s rights. She has a Bachelor in Commerce with a triple major in Accounting, Economics and Marketing, as well as Bachelor and Masters in Law, from the University of Sydney. Starting her career as a children’s lawyer in Sydney, she moved to Switzerland, where she has had the opportunity to provide technical support through evaluation missions; mostly on behalf of UNICEF, in Cambodia, Denmark, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Sudan, Ukraine and Viet Nam, legislative reviews; and training in over 20 countries focusing on alternative care, adoption and surrogacy. She has contributed to reforms in international standards through this technical assistance as well as comparative research on illegal adoptions, search for origins, risks of financial contributions, kafalah and was an expert to the HCCH WG on illicit adoption practices and WG on parentage/surrogacy. She has successfully led multiple international inter-agency initiatives including three massive open online courses (MOOCs) that have reached over 50,000 participants. Recently she co-founded Child Identity Protection as its Executive Director (mia.dambach(at)child-identity.org), an international NGO who focuses on ensuring that children’s identity rights are protected worldwide. She has joined the University of Geneva, as a Scientific Collaborator, to coordinate the SNF research project on Coercive decisions in Switzerland through the lens of international standards: foster care placements, under the leadership of Professor Philip Jaffé. Fluent in English, French and Filipino, she brings with her leadership, project management and research skills, with her passion to work with and for children.

Corps des collaborateur-trice-s de l'enseignement et de la recherche