The goal of the IRLRC is to facilitate interdisciplinary research on issues related to children’s rights and well-being. The scope of research initiatives undertaken by the members and promoted by the Laboratory is broad and rich.

A general framework for understanding the research done at the IRLRC is to recognize children’s unique personhood when considering their rights and emphasizing that children and study of child rights are influenced by the different systems in which they are nested including families, schools, neighbourhoods, legal and child welfare systems, and societies more generally. In order to encourage partnerships and joint projects as much as possible, the Laboratory’s Research program is organized under four complementary themes:

1) The Child and the Law

  • Childhood, eductation rights and privacy.
  • Childhood, vulnerability and marginalized groups.

2) The Child and the Family

  • Filiation and identity.
  • "Circulation" of the child.

3) The Child, the State and Society

  • Protection and delinquency.
  • Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

4) Reflections on Child-Centred Research Methodologies

  • Participatory research with children.
  • Human Rights/Child rights-based approaches.