Anette Sikka

Dr. Anette SikkaPhD, University of Ottawa, Ontario
JD, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Springfield
Legal Studies
Phone: 217-206-7878
Office: PAC 330



Dr. Anette Sikka teaches primarily in the fields of International and Immigration Law, including Human Rights, International Criminal and Critical Race/Gender approaches to Law. She also teaches legal research and writing courses for the department. She completed her J.D. at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2001 and her PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Her current research focuses on immigration reform and criminal justice, race/class and gender approaches to policing and correctional reform, and international rule of law programming. She works with students on a number of immigration-related projects, including community-based research, campus and civic events, and ECCE speaker series, and she is a member of the newly-formed Campus Immigration Committee.


Dr. Sikka worked for the United Nations in Bosnia and Kosovo for several years in the post-conflict period of the Balkan wars, training police, judges and social service personnel on gender and operational policy.  Since 2007 Dr. Sikka has been working as an international consultant providing research and training on security sector reform, police operational policy, and gender and migration in Iraq and Afghanistan, while completing her PhD on human trafficking programming in post- conflict states. In addition to her academic work she currently works with the Illinois Innocence Project’s policy reform initiative and has recently joined 21st Century Policing LLC, a police reform advising and consulting firm. Prior to arriving at the UIS Legal Studies Department Dr. Sikka taught at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and the University of Alabama Law School. She is licensed in the state of Alabama where she continues to consult on immigration and refugee-related cases.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

  • “Justice for the Guilty Means Justice for the Innocent: Criminal Justice Policy Reform And Innocence Work”,  “Making Murderers”: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty, NIU College of Law, Law Review Symposium (2017)
  • ​“Legal transplantation and Anti-Trafficking in U.S. post-conflict Rule of Law programs: False Tools and Reporting Facades”, American Society for International Law Research Forum, Seattle WA, Nov 11-12, 2016.
  • “’Being’ illegal: Manifest Destiny, Magic and Shapeshifting in the creation of Hyperincarceration”, Kent University Critical Legal Studies Conference, Canterbury UK. (2016)
  • “’Being’ illegal: Manifest Destiny, Hyperincarceration and the Criminalization of Racialized Spaces”, Law and Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA (2016)
  • The Customer is Always Right – or is he? Sexual harassment and occupational health and safety in the hospitality industry”, Canadian Institute on Gender and Health Research – North/South conference, Santiago, Chile (2012).

Selected Academic and Commissioned Publications

  • Forthcoming:  Book Chapter, “Trafficking in Persons, Looking for a Victim”, in Kathleen Zeidler and Sonja Dolinsek, Traffic in Women and International Law. (2019)
  • Labour Trafficking in Canada:  Indicators, Stakeholders, and Investigative Methods (2013) Public Safety Canada:
  • Anette Sikka, Katherine Lippel and Jill Hanley “The Right to Health Care and Workers’ Compensation for Precarious Migrants in Québec, Ontario and New Brunswick”, (2011) 5(2) McGill Journal of Law and Health 203.​
  • Trafficking of Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada, (2010) Aboriginal Policy Research Volume VIII, 201-236

Current Research Studies

  • “Ice Freezes the Administration of Justice” – Impacts of increased inland enforcement on participation in criminal justice system in Illinois. Quantitative and qualitative research in support of publication and legislative reform initiatives.