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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, focuses his research on issues related to children’s rights and child well-being. Todres has published extensively on a range of topics including child trafficking, the implementation of children’s rights law, human rights and the social determinants of health, legal and cultural constructs of childhood, and human rights education. He co-authored a book, Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Todres was a Fulbright Scholar in residence at University College Cork in Ireland (Spring 2018).

Todres serves as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working on legislative and policy initiatives to address human trafficking and other children’s rights issues. He is child rights advisor to ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) and a board member of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. Todres is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Todres serves as a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Since 2012, he has also served on three committees of the National Academies: the Committee on Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention (2015-2016); the Planning Committee on Increasing Capacity for Reducing Bullying and Its Impact on the Lifecourse of Youth Involved (2014), and the Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States (2012-2013).

Todres served as chair of the AALS Section on International Human Rights in 2015 and chair of the AALS Section on Children and the Law in 2013. He 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 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 is a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society and teaches Family Law, Torts, Human Rights and Children, Public Health Law, and Global Perspectives on Children and the Law.


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