Dr Naomi Lott is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, funded by the ESRC. Her primary research interests are in the field of children's rights, with a particular focus on children's economic, social and cultural rights, and particularly the right to play. Naomi completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham on the child's right to play, examining the right from conception through to implementation. She holds a LLM in Human Rights Law and a Masters in Socio-Legal Research Methods from the University of Nottingham, and a degree in International Politics from Aberystwyth University. Naomi has recently conducted research in conjunction with the United Nations University, Delta 8.7 and the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, and is conducting research for the ILO and IOM examining the intersections between the fields of modern slavery and children's rights.
Naomi's research has provided a thorough analysis of the right to play (Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child). Her PhD examined the right to play from its conception (the drafting processes of the Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child), through to the historical and current work of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in relation to the right to play, and the challenges and opportunities facing the implemenation and enjoyment of the right on the ground. Her research has involved archival, doctrinal and empirical research in relation to the right to play.
Naomi's postdoctoral studies seek to advance knowledge and understanding of the right to play. She will explore the right to play in the context of education, examine the interrelatedness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the position of the right to play therein, address the debate regarding the universal reach of children's rights through the lens of the right to play, and will re-analyse her PhD data to reflect upon the impact of poverty and gender on the implementation and enjoyment of the right to play. Her research therefore addresses topics of interest to both the field of children's rights and the field of general international human rights law.
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