Helen Stalford has been a member of the academic staff at Liverpool since April 2000.
She is proud of her long association with Liverpool; she graduated from the University of Liverpool with an LLB Honours in English and French Laws with French in 1996. She then completed her PhD at the University of Leeds whilst working as a research assistant on a European Commission-funded project relating to children, migration and EU law (1997-2000). She moved back to Liverpool in the year 2000 to take up a lectureship in the Law School where she has remained ever since.
Helen is a leading expert on European children's rights, having researched and published extensively in this area. She has led projects on behalf of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe to develop children's rights indicators, and has acted as expert consultant to the Council of Europe, the European Commission and UNICEF on issues relating to child friendly justice, child protection and the children's rights implications of EU enlargement. In 2016, she was appointed as Special Adviser to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee for their inquiry into the UK and EU's response to the plight of unaccompanied children in the current refugee crisis. She was nominated for the University of Liverpool award for outstanding research impact for this work in 2016. The focus of her current research is on children's rights and experiences in the context of the justice process.
Helen is founding director of the European Children's Rights Unit (ECRU) and co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Children's Rights.
- Alistair Pilkington Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching (University of Liverpool 2014)
- AHRC Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, AHRC 1997)
- Helen is founding Director of the European Children's Rights Unit (ECRU), an interdisciplinary research unit based in the School of Law and Social Justice. She also leads the Children and Childhood research theme for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences