About the IRLRC

Context and Justification

It is clear that a simple legal perspective is not sufficient to fully protect the rights of the child.   The experience and insight of other child-related disciplines need to be at the table.  It is also clear that members of the academic community must develop working relationships with the front-line child workers in order to blend theory, reality and research into better protection for children.  An interdisciplinary dialogue between all those interested in children’s rights would be a necessary next step.

As part of this interdisciplinary dialogue, the Faculty of Law and the HRREC of the University of Ottawa organized an International Conference on the Rights of the Child in March 2007. The conference brought together many specialists from different countries and from many professional backgrounds.  The creation of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child is the logical outcome of the conference providing a practical vehicle to follow through with and facilitate the discussions, joint work and research opportunities discussed last March.

Members of the Laboratory

The IRLRC is made up of faculty members, students, employees and partners who develop, support or promote interdisciplinary research on issues related to children's rights and well-being. The Laboratory focuses on four research themes:

1) The Child and the Law;

2) The Child and the Family;

3) The Child, the State and Society; and,

4) Reflections on Child-Centred Research Methodologies.

If you are interested in becoming a member or a partner of the IRLRC, please fill out the Membership Application Form and forward it along with your résumé to: LRIDE@uOttawa.ca.

Members: 

Julie Ynès ADA TCHOUKOU | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa

Diane BE | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa

Nathalie BÉLANGER | Full Professor
Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
IRLRC's Steering Committee Member

Dr Sue BENNETT | MB, ChB, FRCP, DTM&H, DRCOG, DCH, Dip Psych.
Director | Social Pediatrics | Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Full Professor | Department of Pediatrics | Faculty of Medicine | University of Ottawa

Emmanuelle BERNHEIM | Professor
Faculty of Law | Civil Law Section | University of Ottawa

Christina CLARK-KAZAK | Associate Professor
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Tara M. COLLINS | Graduate Program Director & Associate Professor
School of Child and Youth Care | Faculty of Community Service | Ryerson University

Valérie P. COSTANZO | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa

Marilyn COUPIENNE | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa

Karine CROTEAU | Assistant Professor
School of Social Work | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Elizabeth ESPAÑA-GONZALES | Master Student
Interdisciplinary Master's Degree in Children's Rights | Centre for Children's Rights Studies | University of Geneva

Viviana FERNANDEZ | Assistant Director
Human Rights Research and Education Centre | University of Ottawa
IRLRC's Steering Committee Member

Paula FORGERON | Full Professor
School of Nursing | Faculty of Health Sciences | University of Ottawa

Elena GALLITTO | Ph.D. Candidate
School of Psychology | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Stéphanie GAUDET | Full Professor & Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM)
School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Christine GERVAIS | Associate Professor
Department of Criminology | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa
IRLRC's Steering Committee Member

Michelle GIROUX | Full Professor
Faculty of Law | Civil Law Section | University of Ottawa

Rachel GRONDIN | Retired Professor
Faculty of Law | Civil Law Section | University of Ottawa
IRLRC's founding member 

Mark HECHT | Lawyer (The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa) & Part-Time Professor
Faculty of Law | Common Law Section | University of Ottawa

Jean-Frédéric HÜBSCH | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa

Graciela JASA SILVEIRA | D.C.L., LL.M., LL.B.
Legal Assistant | Office of Legal Affairs | Embassy of Mexico in Canada

Marie-Pier JOLICOEUR | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | Université Laval

Andrea KHAN | Ph.D. Candidate
School of International Development and Globalization Studies | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa
& Child Protection Specialist | Global Affairs Canada
IRLRC's Steering Committee Member

Simon LAPIERRE | Associate Professor
School of Social Work | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Clara LAPLANTE-BÉDARD | Master Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa

Anne LEVESQUE | Assistant Professor
Faculty of Law | Common Law Section | University of Ottawa

Amira MAAMERI | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa & Université de Bordeaux

Kathleen MANION | Associate Professor
School of Humanitarian Studies | Royal Roads University

Nathalie MONDAIN | Associate Professor & Director
School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Bahati MUJINYA | Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of Law | University of Ottawa & Université de Bordeaux

Mona PARÉ | Vice-Dean Graduate Studies in Law & Full Professor
Faculty of Law | Civil Law Section | University of Ottawa
IRLRC's Founding Member & Steering Committee Member

Deborah Wendy PARKES | Ph.D. Candidate
School of International Development and Global Studies | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Marie PRATTE | Retired Judge
Cour du Québec | Chambre de la jeunesse | Chambre civile, Hull District
IRLRC's Founding Member

Elisa ROMANO | Full Professor
School of Psychology | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Valerie STEEVES | Full Professor
Department of Criminology | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Ottawa

Jens URBAN | Senior Economic Policy Analyst
Indigenous Services Canada

Tracy VAILLANCOURT | Full Professor
Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention
Counselling Psychology | Faculty of Education | University of Ottawa

Kathy VANDERGRIFT | Chair
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

Steering Committee

Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
Mona Paré,
Associate Professor | Director of the IRLRC
613-562-5800 extension 3253
Mona.Pare@uOttawa.ca

Faculty of Education
Nathalie Bélanger, Full Professor*
613-562-5800 extension 4159
nbelange@uOttawa.ca

Faculty of Social Sciences
Christine Gervais,
Associate Professor*
613-562-5800 extension 8962
clmgerva@uOttawa.ca

Faculty of Social Sciences
Andrea Khan,
Ph.D. Candidate | Student Representative
International Development, School of International Development and Globalization
akhan298@uOttawa.ca

Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)
Viviana Fernandez, Assistant Director
613-562-5800 extension 1985
viviana.fernandez@uOttawa.ca

* two-year mandate from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2022

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