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The Centre for Child Law  was established in 1998 and is based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. The Director of the Centre is Prof Ann Skelton.

The Centre contributes towards the establishment and promotion of the best interests of children in South Africa through litigation, advocacy, research and education.

The Centre is registered as a Law Clinic and through strategic impact litigation aims to set legal precedent to improve and strengthen laws pertaining to children.

University of Pretoria Faculty of Law


Latest Judgments & Reports

1 December 2017

 Dladla & Another v The City of Johannesburg. Temporary housing accommodation.  
Read the judgment here 



 23 October 2017

YG v State. Prohibition of reasonable chastisement defence to corporal punishment.
Read the judgment here


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Latest News

25 January 2018

Op-Ed by Centre Attorney Anjuli Maistry: Back to School – but not if you have a disability

"Last Wednesday saw thousands of children across South Africa returning to school, with some starting for the first time.

Pictures of learners catching up with friends, being assigned teachers and attending their first assemblies filled news feeds.

While there were some tears, particularly for those beginning their school careers, the sentiment was an overwhelmingly positive one.

The same could not be said for 11-year-old Thabang.

Read more of Anjuli Maistry's article here .



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