Book Launch: The Right of the Child to Play: From Conception to Implementation

Event date
15 June 2023
Event time
17:30 - 19:00
Oxford week
TT 8
Bonavero Institute of Human Rights - Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium

Professor Philip Jaffé (Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child); Professor Helen Stalford (Professor of Law, University of Liverpool)

Notes & Changes

This is a hybrid event. It will be held in-person in the Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. To attend online, please register here.

About the Book

Book Cover

The right to play has been referred to as a forgotten right – forgotten by States implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in monitoring and providing guidance on the Convention, and by human rights academics. Yet, as this book shows, the child’s right to play is of critical importance and value to children.

Through archival, doctrinal, primary empirical and multidisciplinary research, this book provides a thorough investigation of the right to play. It offers an innovative insight into its value, the challenges facing the realisation of the right, its raison d’être and its scope, content and obligations. It also critiques the Committee’s engagement with the right to play and shares lived experiences of efforts to support its implementation in the United Kingdom and Tanzania. The book highlights elements of best practice, challenge, and weakness, before making recommendations for the continued and improved realisation of the right to play. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers, academics, advocates and policy-makers working in the areas of Children’s Rights, International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Child Welfare, and Education.


Professor Jonathan Herring (Professor of Law, University of Oxford)

Professor Philip Jaffé (Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child)

Professor Helen Stalford (Professor of Law, University of Liverpool)

Chelsea Wallis (DPhil Law, University of Oxford)

Author: Dr Naomi Lott (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford)