Elena Butti

Elena Butti

Socio-Legal Studies (2014 cohort)

I am reading for a DPhil at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. My research investigates the experiences of conflict-affected children in the transitional justice and peacebuilding process in Colombia.

I am currently undertaking long-term fieldwork in the country, where I occasionally act as a visiting lecturer on transitional justice at the Law Faculties of the National University and the Rosario University.

In Colombia, I have also collaborated with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), with a view to making my research directly relevant to policy in the crucial transitional moment the country is undergoing.

At Oxford, I am 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.

I joined the Centre after graduating summa cum laude from University College Utrecht (the Netherlands), where I completed a combined BA (Hons) in Law and Anthropology, with a minor in Research Methods and Statistics. I was also a visiting student at Sciences Po Paris (France), specialising in international law and conflict studies. A section of my 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 my undergraduate studies, I worked as a research intern at the Utrecht University School of Human Rights Research and at the Barcelona University Peace Studies Centre. I have also volunteered in several countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe in the areas of sustainable development, peacebuilding and child education.



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