Children & rights


Children, adolescents and their rights

Ongoing projects

Oxford Children's Rights Network



In 2015 I have co-founded together with Stacy Topouzova the Oxford Children's Rights Network, a student-led initiative that brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss issues related to children's rights from an interdisciplinary perspective.The kick-start event of the network has been a symposium titled 'Children's Rights in Fragile Contexts: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges', where PhD students and early-career researchers had an opportunity to discuss their research with Dr. Jason Hart. This project has been funded by a grants Economic and Social Research Council Interdisciplinary Network Fund.

The network, currently led by Charlotte Kelly, has since been active in the organisation of seminars, conferences and film screenings. The network has recently become part of the newly-funded Bonavero Institute for Human Rights. At present, we are starting a project together with the UNICEF Office of Research, which will lead to the publication of  a methodological brief series titled 'Enhancing the Participation of  Hard-to-Reach Adolescents in Qualitative Research'. 


Past Projects



Between November 2015 and March 2016, I was an intern in the child protection section of the UNICEF Colombia office, working with the conflict and transitional justice team. My tasks involved monitoring the UN Security Council Resolution 1612 grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict, and contributing to drafting the Colombia section of the UN Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict. I also worked jointly with an external consultant in advising the Colombian Government's Victims Unit on a child-sensitive approach to reparations, and I contributed to shaping UNICEF-Colombia's 2017 conflict and transitional justice agenda.


Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research



During my undergraduate studies in Law and Anthropology at University College Utrecht, I have completed a research internship at the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research. The research project, which became part of my honours thesis, sought to examine the potential for local justice rituals to contribute to child-soldiers reintegration in Northern Uganda. The thesis was based on original online interviews with peace activists in Northern Uganda. The project was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Tom Zwart, as part of a research group seeking to apply the 'receptor approach' to human rights in a number of different contexts. A section of the thesis won the prestigious Undergraduate Awards prize as Overall Winner in the category 'Law'. 


Butti, E. (2016). Children’s Rites: Examining the Role of Local Justice in the Ugandan Transitional Justice Process through a Child Rights Approach. The Undergraduate Journal: A collection of winning entries from 2014.

Zwart, T., Al Haider, N., Butti, E. and others (2014). Safeguarding the Universal Acceptance of Human Rights through the Receptor Approach. Human Rights Quarterly 36(4), 898-904.

project media

3-minutes presentation at the Undergraduate Awards summit, 2014

"Different people in different cultures can have very different ideas of what justice is."