Dr Noam Peleg

LLB (TAU), LLM (Public Law, TAU), LLM (Human Rights Law, UCL), PhD (UCL)

Noam Peleg is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law. Noam's work focuses on international children’s rights law and its intersection with human rights law, childhood studies, and family law. He has published widely in leading journals and edited books, and his book ‘The Child’s Right to Development’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Together with the Diplomacy Training Programme and Youth Law Australia Noam has established the “Monitoring Children’s Rights Capacity Building Programme’ in 2017. Noam is the Book Review Editor and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Children’s Rights, and co-editor of Current Perspective section at the Australian Journal of Human Rights. In 2020 he was Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School (NYC). Before moving to academia, Noam practiced law in a number of human rights NGOs, specializing in representing children in courts.



Peleg N, 2019, The Child's Right to Development, Cambridge University Press, https://www.cambridge.org/au/academic/subjects/law/human-rights/childs-right-development?format=HB

Edited Books

Peleg N; Stalford H; Lundy L, (eds.), 2021, Special Issue: COVID-19 and Children’s Rights: Space for Reflection, Tracing the Problems and Facing the Future, https://brill.com/view/journals/chil/29/2/chil.29.issue-2.xml

Diduck A; Peleg N; Reece H, 2015, Law in Society: Reflections on Children, Family, Culture and Philosophy Essays in Honour of Michael Freeman, Brill - Nijhoff

Journal articles

Peleg N; Lundy L; Stalford H, 2021, 'COVID-19 and children’s rights: Space for reflection, tracing the problems and facing the future', International Journal of Children's Rights, vol. 29, pp. 255 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-29020014

Peleg N, 2020, 'Incarcerated childhood and the politics of unchilding', Journal of Genocide Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623528.2020.1829837

Peleg N; Hanson K, 2020, 'Waiting for Children’s Rights Theory', international journal of children’s rights, vol. 28, pp. 15 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02801005

Peleg N, 2018, 'Illusion of inclusion: challenging universalistic conceptions in international children’s rights law', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 24, pp. 326 - 344, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2018.1542924

Peleg N, 2018, 'Marginalisation by the Court: The Case of Roma Children and the European Court of Human Rights', Human Rights Law Review, vol. 18, pp. 111 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngx040

Peleg N, 2017, 'Developing the Right to Development', international journal of children’s rights, vol. 25, pp. 380 - 395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02502015

Peleg N, 2015, 'A Guide to Resources', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS, vol. 23, pp. 477 - 478, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02302004

Peleg N, 2013, 'Reconceptualising the child's right to development: Children and the capability approach', International Journal of Children's Rights, vol. 21, pp. 523 - 542, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-02103003

Book Chapters

Peleg N, 2019, 'International Children’s Rights Law: General Principles', in International Human Rights of Children, Springer Singapore, pp. 135 - 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4184-6_5

Peleg N; Tobin J, 2019, 'Article 6: The Rights to Life, Survival and Development', in Tobin J (ed.), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child A Commentary, Oxford University Press, pp. 186 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/law/9780198262657.001.0001

Peleg N, 2018, 'Developing the Right to Development', in Freeman M (ed.), Children's Rights: New Issues, New Themes, New Perspectives, Brill, pp. 109 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004358829

Peleg N, 2017, 'Commentary on Re T (A Minor) (Wardship: Medical Treatment)', in Stalford H; Hollingsworth K; Gilmore S (ed.), REWRITING CHILDREN'S RIGHTS JUDGMENTS: FROM ACADEMIC VISION TO NEW PRACTICE, HART PUBL, pp. 245 - 251, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000459183300013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Peleg N; Diduck A; Reece H, 2015, 'Introduction', in Law in Society: Reflections on Children, Family, Culture and Philosophy, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004261495

Peleg N, 2014, 'Reconceptualising the child's right to development: Children and the capability approach', in The Future of Children's Rights, pp. 386 - 404, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004271777_019

Peleg N, 2012, 'What Do We Mean When We Speak About Children’s Right to Development?', in The Sovereignty of Children in Law, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 134 - 156

Peleg N, 2012, 'Time to Grow Up: The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's Jurisprudence of the Right to Development', in Law and Childhood Studies: Current Legal Issues, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652501.003.0022


Salter M; Wong T; Breckenridge J; Scott S; Cooper S; Peleg N, 2021, Production and distribution of child sexual abuse materials by parental figures, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, ACT, 616

Peleg N; Hunter , 2015, Children’s Champions and Pre-Recording of Evidence

McGarrity N; Hardy KA; Ananian-Welsh R; Tulich T; Peleg N; Lynch A, 2015, Submission to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry into Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No 1) 2015, Australia


Peleg N, 2021, Book Review: Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle, Brill Academic Publishers, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-29010003

Peleg N, 2021, Book Review: Adults and Children in Postmodern Societies: A Comparative Law and Multidisciplinary Handbook, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/ebab006

Peleg N; Salter M, 2019, Submission to the Online Safety Charter consultation

Peleg N, 2014, Book review: Reconceptualizing Children’s Rights in International Development, BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718182-55680140

Peleg N, 2012, Book Review: Children and Youth in the Digital Media Culture From a Nordic Horizon, BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/157181812X620594

Children's rights

Family Law

Peleg N; Gordon F, 2019, ‘The Australian government is not listening’: how our country is failing to protect its children, https://theconversation.com/the-australian-government-is-not-listening-how-our-country-is-failing-to-protect-its-children-124779



Achievement|08 Jun 2020
DTP and UNSW Law puts the focus on child rights
The recent violent arrest of an Indigenous youth in Sydney, together with the recent Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Young People, the treatment of refugee children, the high rate of children living in poverty and disparity in school performance, and the campaign to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility are highlighting systemic issues in the way young people in Australia are treated, and the lack of regard for children’s rights.
Thought leadership|07 May 2020
Who gets the dog? From 'pet-nuptial' agreements to shared parenting
When you want to leave each other, but not your furry friend, could a shared arrangement be the answer? 
Thought leadership|07 Apr 2020
Co-parenting proves a challenge in a pandemic
COVID-19 restrictions are complicating shared parenting arrangements.
Opinion|26 Mar 2020
The needs of children must be considered during coronavirus pandemic
We need to adopt a child-centred approach in this pandemic in order to reduce trauma levels.
Thought leadership|14 Feb 2020
All's fair in love and law: the ultimate legal guide to relationships
Whether you're putting a ring on it, or calling it quits, the law has something to say about your relationship. 
Achievement|31 Oct 2019
Protection vs empowerment in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Australian Journal of Human Rights Andrea Durbach prize-winner explores a new framework, giving more weight to children’s voices while facilitating their journey in life.
Research|Impact|15 Oct 2019
UNSW Law Fellow explores changes to family law in India and the challenges they present to women
Future of Change Indian Fellow Jhuma Sen will examine cases that include the controversial Triple Talaq Bill, which allows a husband to divorce his wife by issuing the word ‘talaq’ three times.
Opinion|09 Oct 2019
'The Australian government is not listening': how our country is failing to protect its children
In a recent report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was highly critical of the Australian government for its youth justice failures and the rise of children with mental health issues.