President | Charlotte Kelly
Charlotte is currently reading for a MSt at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies under the supervision of Dr Marina Kurkchiyan. Her research, which is kindly supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and Balliol College, focuses on children’s law in Singapore and Indonesia. For her MSt, Charlotte is exploring how legislation in Singapore from 1960 to the present day has shaped and constructed the ‘image’ of the child. She intends to set these changes against a broader background of political and social change in Singapore, and to examine how the legal image of the child in Singapore has been the site of both acceptance and rejection of English law.
Charlotte completed her BA (Law) at Trinity College Cambridge in 2014. In 2014-15, funded by the Hollond Fund Travelling Studentship. she studied at the National University of Singapore for her LLM (Asian Legal Studies). She concentrated there on socio-legal approaches to East and Southeast Asian law, and law and development.
During her studies, Charlotte has worked as a research assistant at the Van Vollenhoven Institute at Leiden University, looking particularly at Indonesian law, and has assisted in socio-legal research and publishing at NUS. She has contributed to law and development projects in Cambridge, and volunteered in providing legal advice at the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Secretary | Penny Ehrhardt
Treasurer | Vânia Pinto
Vânia is a DPhil student at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, based in the Department of Education. She is supervised by Judy Sebba, Director of the Rees Centre and Nikki Luke, Research Fellow.
She has a Degree in Psychological Sciences and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from ISPA – University Institute, in Portugal. She holds a Postgraduate programme on “Protection of Minors”, at the Faculty of Law – University of Coimbra, and a Postgraduate programme on “Data Analysis in the Social Science”, in ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, also in Portugal.
Vânia worked as a clinical psychologist, for five years, in an NGO that supports homeless people and people experiencing social deprivation. She has been an associate researcher at InEd- Center for Research and Innovation in Education, School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto since 2013, involved in foster care research.
Co-Founder | Elena Butti
Elena is currently reading for a DPhil at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford. Her research, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, investigates the experiences of conflict-affected children in the transitional justice and peacebuilding process in Colombia. She is currently undertaking long-term fieldwork in the country, where she occasionally acts as a visiting lecturer on transitional justice at the Law Faculties of the National University and the Rosario University. In Colombia, she is also collaborating with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), with a view to making her research directly relevant to policy in the crucial transitional moment the country is undergoing.
Elena joined the Centre after graduating summa cum laude from University College Utrecht (the Netherlands), where she completed a combined BA (Hons) in Law and Anthropology, with a minor in Research Methods and Statistics. She was also a visiting student at SciencesPo Paris (France), specialising in international law and conflict studies. A section of her bachelor thesis on children’s rights and local justice in Northern Uganda was awarded the Law Overall Winner Prize at the international competition ‘The Undergraduate Awards’.
During her undergraduate studies, Elena worked as a research intern at the Utrecht University School of Human Rights Research and at the Barcelona University Peace Studies Centre. She has also volunteered in several countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe in the areas of sustainable development, peacebuilding and child education. At Oxford, Elena is co-founder of the Oxford Children’s Rights Network, member of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group and of the Oxford Network of Peace Studies, and editor for the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.
Co-Founder | Stacy Topouzova
Stacy Topouzova is also a DPhil Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford where she examines the process of stayuts determination proceedings at the Turkish-Bulgarian border. Stacy founded the Refugee Internship Programme at OXAB-Refugee Project in 2014. She has also previously worked for UNICEF Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford, and Young Lives International Childhood Study on Poverty at the University of Oxford. She has also served as a Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre and at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.