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Thematic Summaries

The Children and the Law Programme at ACPF conducts comprehensive research and produces publications on the harmonisation of laws on children in Africa. The studies aim to identify the legal and policy framework of all African countries and provide succinct summaries on the progress made, the gaps remaining and the prospects in aligning laws and policies on children with international and regional standards in the respective countries.

Below are researches that summarise the status of the laws and policies of all the 54 African countries in relation to 25 key thematic areas that relate to children's rights. These summaries provide clear information on the existing legal protection of children's rights in light of international and regional standards.

 
Definition of the Child in Africa   Download PDF Version
The Age of Majority   Download PDF Version
Minimum Age of Marriage   Download PDF Version
Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility   Download PDF Version
Minimum Age of Employment   Download PDF Version
Minimum Age of Recruitment to the Army   Download PDF Version
Minimum Age of Sexual Consent   Download PDF Version
Protection from Substance Abuse/Minimum Age for the Sale of Alcohol   Download PDF Version
Constitutional Provisions on children   Download PDF Version
Prohibition of Child Marriage   Download PDF Version
Prohibition of FGM   Download PDF Version
Prohibition of Corporal Punishment   Download PDF Version
Prohibition of Sexual Exploitation of Children   Download PDF Version
Prohibition of Economic Exploitation of Children   Download PDF Version
Prohibition of Child Trafficking, Sale and Abduction   Download PDF Version
The Right to a Name and Nationality   Download PDF Version
The Right to Birth Registration   Download PDF Version
Alternative Care for Children   Download PDF Version
The Right to Social Protection   Download PDF Version
The Right to Education   Download PDF Version
Responsibilities of the Child/ Positive Traditional Practices   Download PDF Version
Independent Human Rights Institutions   Download PDF Version
Sharia Law in Africa   Download PDF Version
Comprehensive Child Law in Africa   Download PDF Version
Child Justice in Africa   Download PDF Version