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(KID 410) CHILD LAW 410

KID 410 is presented by the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

In 2009 a final year elective in Child Law was introduced. The Centre co-ordinates this course which falls under Private Law, although it includes lectures on a wide range of topics and – as is always the case with child law – it does not fit neatly into any of the divisions of law. The course attracted about 40 students in its first year. In 2009 the Centre, partnered by CE@UP, offered several certificate courses in Child Law.

Amount of lectures per week: 2 (10 credits)
Course: LLB

Topics covered:

  1. The status of children in South African law
  2. The constitutional protection of children
  3. General principles of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005
  4. Parental responsibilities and rights
  5. Children courts
  6. Adoption and alternative care
  7. International instruments pertaining to children’s rights
  8. Inter-country adoption and international abduction
  9. Children and the criminal justice system

 

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May 2017

Prof Skelton starts at the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 

In May 2017, Professor Skelton attends her first session as a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (“UNCRoC”) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prof Skelton was elected to the Committee in June last year after being voted in by a majority of member states. Her term of office is for four years, from 2017 to 2021.

The UNCRoC holds three sessions a year and receives reports from States on their compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The 18 member committee is made up of independent experts from around the world.

 

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