Professor Jonathan Todres, expert on children’s rights, recently published his new book “Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law.” Co-authored by Sarah Higinbotham, the book points to popular childhood literary works, exemplifying concepts of children’s rights.
In the News Whistle March 28 article “Life, Liberty, and Literature: Our Q&A with Law Professor Jonathan Todres,” Todres spoke on his book, the progression of children’s rights, and his remaining optimism toward future developments, both domestically and internationally. Todres explained, “[c]hildren’s literature is a wonderful imaginative world that gives children a way to confront heavy issues in a safe space.” He noted, however, that they “took care to be clear in the book that [they] do not think this wonderful imaginative space should simply be co-opted to advance adults’ agenda,” but acknowledged that human rights dialogue already occurs there. “We can debate about specific content of human rights. But when you teach kids about their rights and their responsibilities to respect others’ rights, we see positive outcomes.”
Jonathan Todres is a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. His research focuses on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being, including child trafficking and related forms of exploitation.