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Faculty of Community Services

Tara Collins




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  • Child rights; Human rights
  • Child and youth participation
  • Monitoring


I have a PhD 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, at 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), where I belong to three separate working groups: monitoring and evaluation, children and work, and child participation.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Child rights
  • Child and youth participation
  • Child rights awareness
  • Child protection
  • Monitoring
  • Anti-violence efforts in schools
  • Business
  • Rights-based approaches

Current Courses:

Program affiliations:

Teaching interests:

  • Children’s rights
  • Program evaluation
  • Ecological perspectives in child and youth care practice
  • Independent study (undergraduate thesis program requirement)

Selected Publications:


  • 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

Professional Affiliations:

  • Ryerson Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Award, Ryerson University, 2015

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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  • SHE-626, Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health

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