Ruth Lamont is a specialist in the law relating to children and the family. She has researched issues affecting children across a wide range of contexts, both current and historical. She worked extensively on the issues relating to the movement of children and parental child abduction in the EU and the associated legal frameworks. With colleagues she has worked on the historical migration of children to Canada from North West England in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, examining the origins of the child protection system. She is a co-investigator on the ESRC funded project 'Victims' Access to Justice through English Criminal Courts', led by Professor Pamela Cox. She has a particular interest in the status of victims within the justice system and the different methods by which forms of intimate abuse may be addressed through law and legal processes.