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 a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford. She has held visiting positions at the Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Antioquia in Medellín. Her ethnographic research, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, investigates why and how adolescents get involved in organised violence and crime in Colombia’s urban and peri-urban margins. In her thesis, she contrasts the lived experiences of these youths with the narrative about peace and reconciliation that permeates the country. Between 2015 and 2018, she conducted 18 months of fieldwork in Colombia, using standard ethnographic methods as well as participatory techniques for research with children and youth. A product of her fieldwork is the participatory documentary ‘Somos’ (trailer available), where a group of youths talk about how peace and violence play out in their daily lives.
In Colombia, Elena has also collaborated with the International Center for Transitional Justice and UNICEF. She was also a visiting lecturer on transitional justice, peacebuilding and children’s rights at the Law Faculties of the National University and the Rosario University in Bogotá, and at University College London and the Metropolitan University in London. At Oxford, Elena is co-founder of the Oxford Children’s Rights Network, and a member of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group, the Oxford Network of Peace Studies, the War and Peace at Oxford group, and the Enacting Global Transformation Initiative.
Prior to coming to Oxford, Elena graduated as Class Valedictorian from University College Utrecht, where she completed her BA (Hons) summa cum laude in Law and Anthropology, with a minor in Research Methods and Statistics. She was also a visiting student at SciencesPo Paris, specialising in international law and conflict studies. 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.
Co-Founder | Stacy Topouzova
Stacy Topouzova is a DPhil Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford where she examines status determination procedures for international legal protection. Stacy previously studied International Law, Ethics, and Archaeology at Harvard University and completed a Master of Science at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.
Stacy has worked at the International Migration Institute, the Refugee Studies Centre, the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. She served as Samuel Pisar Fellow in Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.