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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 August 2017

 Du Plessis Botha N.O. and Others v MEC for Education, Western Cape and Others. Read the order and judgment here. 



 31 July 2017


The Alternate Report Coalition - Child Rights South Africa (ARC-CRSA) made submissions to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the SA government's report on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. View our submissions and annexures below.


Annexure 1

Annexure 2

Annexure 3

Annexure A


Upcoming Cases and Events


19 October 2017
Eviction application will be heard in the following matter: Du Plessis Botha N.O. and Others v MEC for Education, Western Cape and Others.

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Latest News

11 August 2017

Law concerning child's biological origins under scrutiny


In November 2016, the CCL obtained a judgment from the Constitutional Court concerning surrogacy and the child's right to know their biological origins. The CCL had argued that the genetic link required for a surrogacy in South Africa should remain, as this would allow the child to know an aspect of their biological origins, as protected in international law.

The same issue is now being debated by the South African Law Reform Commission who has asked for comments from the public. The CCL will submit comments to the SALRC at the end of this month.

Read newspaper articles on the issue here:

"The child and the egg" - 10 August 2017

"New report hots up debate on anonymity of sperm donors" - 31 July 2017

"Should sperm or egg donors remain anonymous?" - 30 July 2017



10 August 2017

Unconstitutional funding cuts to schools

High Court Picture

The Legal Resources Centre, on behalf of the Centre for Child Law and an Eastern Cape school, have launched an application in the Grahamstown High Court to declare the decision made by the Eastern Cape Department of Education to stop funding learners without identity documents, passport or permit numbers unconstitutional. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2urckkN

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