Louise Ehlers holds an MPhil in Public Law, a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, and a B.Sc. in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Capetown. In addition, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Human Resource Management from the University of South Africa. She has worked on issues of crime prevention and child welfare within South Africa and, most recently, she worked as a Senior Project Officer for the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. Ms. Ehlers has authored various publications on legal reform, sentencing, and victim empowerment within South Africa .