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Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law, Georgia State University

Jonathan Todres is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law. His research focuses on children’s rights and child wellbeing. In particular, he focuses on the implementation of children’s rights law, child trafficking and other forms of child exploitation, human rights education, youth participation, and legal and cultural constructs of childhood. His recent book projects include: co-editing "The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Rights Law" (Oxford University Press, 2020), and coauthoring "Preventing Child Trafficking: A Public Health Approach" (Johns Hopkins University Press 2019) and "Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law" (Oxford University Press, 2016). Professor Todres serves as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working to advance the rights and well-being of children. He is also chair of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2018, he served as a Fulbright Scholar in residence at University College Cork in Ireland. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. (International Development) from Clark University, and he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Georgia State University


  • 1999 
    Columbia Law School, J.D.