Menu Close
Professor of Law, University of Liverpool

Helen Stalford has been a member of the academic staff at Liverpool since April 2000.

She graduated from the University of Liverpool with an LLB Honours in English and French Laws with French in 1996. She completed her PhD at the University of Leeds whilst working as a research assistant on a European Commission-funded project relating to children, migration and EU law (1997-2000). She moved to Liverpool in the year 2000 to take up a lectureship in the Law School where she has remained ever since.

Helen is a leading expert on European children's rights, having researched and published extensively in this area. She has led projects on behalf of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe to develop children's rights indicators, and has acted as expert consultant to the Council of Europe, the European Commission and UNICEF on issues relating to child friendly justice, child protection and the children's rights implications of EU enlargement.

Helen is founding director of the European Children's Rights Unit (ECRU) and co-editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. She is currently convening the Children's Rights Judgments Project (2015-17) with Prof Kathryn Hollingsworth (University of Newcastle), funded by the AHRC. This involves over 60 children's rights experts from across the world who are re-writing judgments issued by a range of domestic and international courts from an explicitly children's rights perspective


  • –present
    Professor of Law, University of Liverpool


  • 2001 
    University of Leeds, PhD was in Law and Child Migration