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Jonathan Todres

Professor of Law    

J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A., Clark University (high honors in International Development)


Children's Rights
International Human Rights
Human Trafficking
International Health Law
Health Law and Policy
International Law
Juvenile Law


Jonathan Todres, professor of law, researches and writes on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being. Todres’ research focuses on child trafficking and related forms of exploitation, the law’s response to violence against children, economic and social rights issues, legal and cultural constructs of childhood, and human rights in children’s literature.

Todres serves as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working on legislative and policy initiatives to address trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children, including as Child Rights Advisor to ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) and as a board member of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Todres serves as chair of the AALS Section on International Human Rights. In 2013, he served as chair of the AALS Section on Children and the Law. Todres recently served on two Institute of Medicine and National Research Council committees. In 2014, he served on the IOM and NRC Planning Committee on Increasing Capacity for Reducing Bullying and Its Impact on the Lifecourse of Youth Involved, and in 2012-2013, he served on the IOM and NRC Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. He also has held several leadership posts within the ABA Section of International Law, including chair of the Section’s International Life Sciences and Health Law Committee and vice chair of its International Human Rights Committee.

Todres previously served as an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law, an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University and a visiting professor (Human Rights) at Vytautas Magnus University School of Law in Lithuania. He also practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and London and clerked for the Judge Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Todres received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his B.A. (with high honors in International Development) from Clark University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, he worked for a number of years in international development and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
Todres has written numerous publications in the areas of children’s rights, children and the law, and health law. He is a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society and teaches Human Rights and Children, Public Health Law, Torts, and International and Comparative Health Law.

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