Jonathan Todres

Distinguished University Professor & Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law



I am a law professor, who researches and writes on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being. My research focuses in particular on: child trafficking and other forms of child exploitation; the implementation of children's rights law; human rights and the social determinants of health; legal and cultural constructs of childhood; human rights education; and human rights in children’s literature. I served as a Fulbright Scholar at University College Cork School of Law in Ireland in 2018.   

I serve as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working on legislative and policy initiatives to address child trafficking and related harms, including as a board member of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. I am also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

I currently serve on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  In addition, I served previously on three National Academies study committees: the Committee on the Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention (2014-2015); the Planning Committee on Increasing Capacity for Reducing Bullying and Its Impact on the Lifecourse of Youth Involved (2014), and the Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States (2012-2013). I also have served as chair of two sections of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS): the Section on International Human Rights in 2015, and the Section on Children and the Law in 2013. I continue to serve on the Executive Committee of both AALS sections.  And I have held several leadership posts within the ABA Section of International Law, including chair of the Section’s International Life Sciences and Health Law Committee and vice chair of its International Human Rights Committee.

Prior to joining GSU College of Law, I worked as an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law, an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and a visiting professor (Human Rights) at Vytautas Magnus University School of Law in Lithuania. I also practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and London and clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

I received my J.D. from Columbia Law School, where I was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and my B.A. (with high honors in International Development) from Clark University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, I worked for a number of years in international development and proudly served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

I've written numerous publications in the areas of children’s rights, children and the law, and health law. At GSU College of Law, I teach a variety of courses, including Human Rights and Children, Public Health Law, Family Law, Torts, and Global Perspectives on Children and the Law.