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.


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Research Interests

Transitional Justice; Children’s Rights; Human Rights Law; Peacebuilding; International Criminal Justice

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