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Professor Jane Williams


Professor, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, United Kingdom



Jane’s career spans private practice at the Bar of England and Wales, UK and Welsh Government legal work and professional training, prior to joining Swansea University in 2000. She founded and edited the Wales Journal of Law and Public Policy 2001 – 2006 and was pivotally involved in civil society efforts to secure legislation on the rights of the child in Wales and the establishment of the Welsh Youth Parliament. She co-founded the Observatory on Human Rights of Children and secured grant funding to establish the Children’s Legal Centre Wales as well as to develop human rights approaches to empowering children as researchers and agents of change. Her innovations in teaching include the introduction of modules on Street Law and Human Rights Approaches to Research with Children, and her academic publications are in the fields of devolution, child law and children’s rights.



J Williams and A Eirug (Eds.), The Impact of Devolution in Wales: Social Democracy with a Welsh Stripe? (pp. 179-204). University of Wales Press

Williams, J. (Ed.). (2013). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Wales. University of Wales Press.

Invernizzi, A. & Williams, J. (Eds.). (2011). The Human Rights of Children: From visions to implementation. Ashgate.

Croke, R., Dale, H., Dunhill, A., Roberts, A., Unnithan, M., & Williams, J. (2021). Integrating Sustainable Development and Children’s Rights: A Case Study on Wales. Social Sciences, 10(3), 100


Public law, public policy, children, human rights, children as researchers
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