Karabo Ozah – Director

Karabo the Director of the Centre for Child Law. Karabo is also a lecturer in the Department of Private Law at the University of Pretoria. She lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses in child law, social welfare law, education law, children’s rights in Africa as well as human rights.

She holds an LLB and LLMs in Child Law (cum laude) and Constitutional & Administrative Law, as well as a Certificate in Advanced Labour Law from the University of Pretoria. She started her legal career as a candidate attorney at the University of Pretoria’s Law Clinic in 2005 and later joined the Centre for Child Law in 2007.

Karabo has led and contributed to the work of the Centre, including litigation successes in the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and High Courts. Karabo is a member of the Advisory Committee of the South African Law Reform Commission’s Project 100D on care and contact with children. She is also a member of the Hague Expert Group on International Parentage and Surrogacy which is tasked with researching the possibility of a Hague treaty to regulate international parentage and surrogacy. Karabo also served as an independent board member and the National Chairperson of Childline South Africa from 2009 until September 2016. She was a member of the Rules Board‘s Children’s Court Task Team whose mandate was to draft court rules for the Children’s Courts in South Africa. Karabo has led and also been part of various research projects for the National Department of Social Development, Save the Children South Africa and Regional as well as the United Nations Populations Fund-East and Southern Africa.

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