The Centre for Child Law is a registered law clinic established in 1998, based at the Law Faculty Building, University of Pretoria.


The year 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the Centre’s commitment to making children’s rights a reality.

Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria

The Centre for Child Law is a children’s rights strategic impact litigation organisation that is registered as a law clinic with the Legal Practice Council, and is based at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The Centre contributes to the establishment and protection of children’s rights through strategic impact litigation, participation in legislative and policy reform, advocacy, research, capacity building of relevant stakeholders and contributing to the body of knowledge on child law.

As the only children’s rights strategic impact litigation organisation in South Africa, the Centre has contributed to the development of child law through law reform, case law, policy development and influencing public discourse through the use of the constitutional, regional and international legal framework for effective public interest litigation.


Child Law

Children’s rights are not only set out in and protected by the Constitution. Legislation, regulations, policies and other documents give flesh to the rights set out in the Constitution and provide guidance on implementation necessary to protect these rights.

Case Law

Strategic impact litigation can best be explained as involving a strategy whereby cases, that have the potential of bringing about broad legal and social changes for people, are selected and taken to court. It involves selecting cases to present before courts with the aim to effect broad changes in society and have long-term benefits for all children. Find the lastest child law cases, including CCL’s strategic cases here. 

Academic Publications

Outputs of research on the implementation and interpretation of children’s rights and child law are an important basis for litigation and advocacy efforts. Find the latest research publications by CCL staff and other scholars on child law here.

Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

About Us

The Centre’s activities in litigation, advocacy, research, education and training are carried out by our tireless and passionate staff with the support of our donors and under the guidance of our advisory board.

Karabo Ozah
Karabo Ozah
Pontso Phahlane
Pontso Phahlane
Liesl Muller
Liesl Muller
Senior Attorney
Stanley Malematja
Stanley Malematja
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