The goal of the IRLRC is to facilitate interdisciplinary research on issues related to children’s rights and well-being. The scope of research initiatives undertaken by the members and promoted by the Laboratory is broad and rich. A general framework for understanding the research done at the IRLRC is to recognize children’s unique personhood when considering their rights and emphasizing that children and study of child rights are influenced by the different systems in which they are nested including families, schools, neighbourhoods, legal and child welfare systems, and societies more generally. 

In order to encourage partnerships and joint projects as much as possible, the Laboratory’s Research program is organized under three complementary themes: 1. The Child and the Law; 2. The Child and the Family; 3. The Child, The State and Society.

1. The Child and the Law:

  • Childhood: the right to education and personal integrity
  • Childhood: vulnerability and marginalized groups

2. The Child and the Family

  • Lineage and personal identity
  • Disruptive movements or transfer of children

3. The Child, the State and Society

  • Protection and delinquency
  • Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Projects are posted in either English or French.

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