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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Penny Ehrhardt


DPhil Candidate in Law - Oxford University, United Kingdom Senior Associate - Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand



Penny is a legal theorist and public policy consultant interested in the intersection of law, ideology and the state. Her research interests include the practice and implementation of policy-making; social movements; international human rights; gender, the family and the state; queer theory; and indigenous issues. She is currently completing a DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford in which she examines the realisation of the economic-social and cultural rights of single parent families utilising the UN human rights law framework. At Oxford she also taught Public International Law, and serves as Secretary of the Oxford Children's Rights Network hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (Mansfield College). She was a finalist for the Oxford University Vice-Chancellor’s inaugural Diversity Awards. Penny is a (non-practising) Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and Managing Director of Ehrhardt Advisors.




International human rights law, rights of single-parent families, family violence intervention, family and child policy, indigenous rights and epistemology, SOGI rights, and social movements, New Zealand and Pacific issues.
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