Seminar - Engaging Young People: Human Rights Discourses in Children's Literature

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Todres, Georgia State Univ College of Law

Date: Friday 23 February, 12.30pm

Venue:  Room G.007, 69 University Street



Despite the proliferation of human rights treaties and the tireless work of countless advocates, human rights violations remain prevalent around the globe. Children are frequent targets of these abuses. Although all rights violations demand an immediate response, there is also a need for sustainable initiatives that can help foster rights-respecting communities so that we can prevent rights violations from occurring in the first place. In this presentation, Professor Todres examines the role of human rights education in building rights-respecting communities and explores strategies for engaging young people in dialogues about human rights. Using children’s literature as a case study, he argues for the importance of mainstreaming human rights education and meeting children where they are, in order to foster greater recognition of and respect for the rights of all individuals.



Jonathan Todres is Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, USA, and a Fulbright Scholar in residence at University College Cork School of Law in Ireland (Spring 2018). His research focuses on children’s rights and child well-being. He has authored numerous publications on child trafficking and other forms of violence against children, the implementation of children’s rights law, and legal and cultural constructs of childhood. He is co-author of Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law (Oxford University Press, 2016). Todres serves as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working to address various children's rights issues. He is also a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Todres holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. (International Development) from Clark University.

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