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Assistant Professor, Dr. Tara Collins

Dr. Tara Collins, PhD (University of London)

Position: Assistant Professor, School of Child & Youth Care

Designation: PhD

Areas of expertise:

  • Child rights; human rights
  • Child and youth participation
  • monitoring

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Telephone: 416 979 5000 ext. 4563

Office location: SHE 626
Hours available: by appointment


I have a Ph.D. from the University of London and have worked on international human rights since 1996. My professional experience includes work for: universities in Canada and Ireland; Canadian federal government and Parliament; and a national non-governmental organization.

I am a member of the Board of Directors and the Program Committee for Equitas: International Centre for Human Rights Education ( I am a Monitoring Committee member (and former board member) of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children ( and Advisory Committee member of the Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Carleton University ( I also serve as an Editorial Board member for Canadian Journal for Children’s Rights ( I am an active member of The International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC), and belong to three separate working groups: monitoring and evaluation; children and work; and child participation (


Teaching interests



Research interests

  • child rights,
  • child and youth participation,
  • child rights awareness,
  • child protection,
  • monitoring,
  • anti-violence efforts in schools
  • business
  • rights-based approaches.


  • Collins, T., Grondin, R., Pinero, V., Pratte, M., & Roberge, M.-C. (2008) (Eds.), Droits de l'enfant: Actes de la Conférence internationale, Ottawa, 2007 : Rights of the Child: Proceedings of the International Conference, La Collection Bleue, Montreal, Wilson & Lafleur.  This book is also published in Spanish as Collins, T., Grondin, R., Pinero, V., Pratte, M.,  & Roberge, M.C. (2010) (Eds.). Derechos del niño. Buenos Aires: Eudeba.


  • Paré, M., Collins, T., & Ranjbar, M. (in press, expected 2016). Taking stock of bullying and cyberbullying research and introducing a child rights perspective.  In T. Liefaard & J. Sloth-Nielsen (Eds.), 25 Years CRC - Conference book, Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff Publishers.
  • Collins, T. M. & C. Gervais (2016), Children’s Rights: Their Role, Significance and Potential. In G. DiGiacomo (Ed.). Current Issues and Controversies in Human Rights, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Collins, T. M. (2015). Child Participation in Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In T. Gal & B. Faedi Duramy (Eds.), International Perspectives and Empirical Findings on Child Participation: From Social Exclusion to Child-Inclusive Policies (405-437). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Collins, T. M., & Wolff, L. (2012). Canada’s Next Steps for Children’s Rights? Building the Architecture for Accountability through the General Measures of Implementation of the CRC. In E. Murray (Ed.), Children Matter – Exploring Child and Youth Human Rights Issues in Canada (14-40). Calgary: Mount Royal University.

Journal articles

  • Paré, M., & Collins, T. (2016). Government efforts to address bullying in Canada: Any place for children’s rights?. Journal of Law and Social Policy, 25, 54-77,
  • Collins, T. M., & Wolff, L. (2014). Work in Progress: Twenty-five Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child — The General Measures of Implementation Across the Globe. Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights, 1 (1),
  • Collins, T. M. (2014). The Relationship between Children’s Rights and Business. International Journal of Human Rights 18 (6) 582-633,
  • Collins, T. M. & Guevara, G. (2014). Some Considerations for Child Rights Impact Assessments (CRIAs) of Business. Revue générale de droit, 44, (1), 153-192,
  • Collins, T. M. (2013). International Child Rights in National Constitutions:  Good sense or nonsense for Ireland, Irish Political Studies, 28 (4), 591-619,
  • Collins, T. M. (2012).  Improving Research of Children Using a Rights-Based Approach: A Case Study of Some Psychological Research about Socioeconomic Status, Frontiers in Psychology, 3, Article 293, 1-4, http://10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00293
  • Collins, T. M. (2010). Respecting the principle of best interests of the child in Canadian monitoring. International Journal of Canadian Studies (42), 69-89.
  • Collins, T. M. (2008). The Significance of Different Approaches to Monitoring: A Case Study of Child Rights. International Journal of Human Rights, 12 (April) 2008, pp. 159-187, http://10.1080/13642980801899626


Awards and Honours
  • Ryerson Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Award, Ryerson University, 2015.