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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

20 November 2018

 Learners at Special- Needs Schools - Research Brief. The Management of and Rights of Learners at Special-Needs Schools  
Read the report here 



 26 September 2018

 Ex Parte Molantoa and Others (Centre for Child Law as amicus curiae). When is it appropriate to appoint a curator ad litem to assist children in claims against the Road Accident Fund?  
Read the judgment here



Upcoming Cases and Events


7 September 2018

 Centre for Child Law & Others v Media 24 Limited and Others - Protecting the identities of child victims, witnesses and offenders  

Supreme Court of Appeal - Bloemfontein




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Latest News

10 December 2018


On 5 to 7 December 2018, the Centre for Child Law celebrated 20 Years of litigation, research & advocacy in order to advance child law and children's rights in South Africa.

The Centre held a conference that was attended by partners and friends nationally, regionally & internationally. The conference was a success and pictures will be placed on the website in due course.

The Centre also produced a publication to commemorate this milestone. The publication is titled "20 Years of Imagining Children Constitutionally: Strategic Litigation and Advocacy for Children's Rights in South Africa". The publication provides descriptions and insights into the Centre's cases, at all levels of the superior courts. It also provides a description of the Centre's advocacy, research & academic work.

To access the publication please see the link below:

CCL 20 Year Publication -

Part 1

Part 2


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