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European Children's Rights Unit

The European Children’s Rights Unit (ECRU) is a research-intensive cluster located within the University of Liverpool’s School of Law and Social Justice. Our work covers a broad range of children’s rights areas, including immigration and asylum, children’s rights in the legal process, childhood obesity, special educational needs and exclusions, criminal justice, Brexit, online technologies, children’s sexual and gender identity, child labour, best interests decision-making and cross-border parental child abduction.

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Much of our research has involved close collaboration with external partners ranging from academic, policymakers, practitioners and intergovernmental and civil society organisations.


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ECRU has a specific expertise in progressive participatory approaches to research involving children and in building capacities among practitioners and policy makers – through training, consultancy and strategic litigation - to enable them to apply a children's rights-based approach to their work.

For further information about ECRU's activities, please contact the cluster director, Professor Helen Stalford.


Discover more about our Members including PhD researchers and their interests.


Learn more about our internationally recognised research output.

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Research projects

Find out more about the impact ECRU makes through our research projects.

Training and Consultancy

See how our expertise informs debate and influences policy around the rights of the child.


Find out about our upcoming events and conferences as well as calls for papers. 

Strategic Litigation

Read about how we supported litigation concerning British Citizenship fees imposed on children.

Practical Research Resources

Resources include our Children's Rights Reading Group, Reading Lists and Ethics Briefing Papers.

Young People's Advisory Group

Getting children's views on research - visit the Children and Childhood YPAG page