Who We Are
The African Child Law Reform website forms part of a larger project that is focused on assisting various countries in Eastern and Southern Africa on law reform initiatives in relation to children’s rights.
On this website information and news around current law reform initiatives can be found, together with a repository of children’s rights legislation in the region. Various international and regional African treaties and instruments can also be found here.
Sponsors and Partners
The Children’s Rights Project, Community Law Centre
Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape
Our team consists of various experts on, and advocates for, children’s rights. They are:
Mr Edmund Foley
Rights Journal (2006) of the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), Kenya and Encyclopaedia of World Constitutions (2007). Edmund holds an LLB from the University of Ghana and an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria. He has been called to the Ghana Bar since 2002.
Nkatha Murungi graduated from Moi University, Kenya with an LLB degree in 2007. In 2008, she attended the Kenya School of Law while interning with the firm of Ochieng’, Onyango, Kibet and Ohaga Co. Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. She graduated with a Master of Laws degree (LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, HRDA) from Pretoria University in 2009. She was the winner of the Nelson Mandela Prize for best performance in the LLM (HRDA) class of 2009. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Nkatha joined the Children’s Rights Project at the Community Law Centre as a Doctoral Researcher in March 2010. She is currently pursuing doctoral research in children’s rights at the University of the Western Cape.
Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen is the Dean of Law at UWC and is a research associate of the Community Law Centre. She has published widely on criminal justice reform, penal and prisons policy, and juvenile justice. Prof. Sloth-Nielsen’s book, entitled Children's Legal Rights in an African Context, was published by Ashgate in 2008.
The United Nations Children's Fund, Eastern and Southern African Region (UNICEF ESARO), works in the mentioned region on the African continent.
Building on the strength of African culture and tradition, UNICEF ESARO works with communities to advance the rights of every child.
The countries under its jurisdiction are: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
UNICEF ESARO is a key partner for the advancement of children's right law reform in this project with the University of the Western Cape.
Faculty of Law
The University of the Western Cape is situated next to a nature reserve, six kilometres from Cape Town International Airport and 20 kilometres from central Cape Town. The Faculty of Law is housed in its own building on the eastern side of the main campus. In addition to LLB and coursework LLM and MPhil programmes, the Faculty offers LLM, MPhil, PhD and LLD degrees by thesis as well as various certificate and outreach programmes.
The Faculty currently has 1 579 students out of 15 665 students registered at the University, and 40 established academic posts. It cooperates in various fields with the faculties of the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch and has various international partnerships, some of the most active being with the universities of Utrecht, Ghent, Leiden, Humboldt zu Berlin and Missouri, as well as Paul Cézanne University in Aix-en-Provence and Howard University in Washington D.C.
A number of institutes form part of the Faculty:
The Community Law Centre is a research and advocacy centre focusing on democracy, local government, women’s rights, human rights and children’s rights. It also presents the LLM programme in Constitutional Litigation.
The Legal Aid Clinic offers legal services to indigent clients, specialising in cases involving gender, land and housing issues.
The Social Law Project conducts research and training in labour and social security law, both on and off campus.
The Unit for International Economic Law, established in conjunction with the Centre for Business Law at the University of the Free State, is building resources and academic capacity in the area of international economic and trade law.