Member of Faculty
Professor in Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence
University of the Western Cape
|Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen|
Bio in brief
She was a drafter of the South African Children’s Act, and has contributed to child law reform in many southern and eastern African countries (among them, Mozambique, Lesotho, Malawi, and South Sudan). She has published widely on child and family law issues, including in the areas of customary family law, juvenile justice, child-headed households, and access to justice.
Prof Sloth-Nielsen served as a member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child between 2011 and 2016. Currently she serves as a member of an international expert group on surrogacy, co-convenes an annual summer school in Leiden on the frontiers of children’s rights, and co-convenes an annual conference on child and family law in Cape Town.
A staff member at UWC since 1994, Prof Sloth-Nielsen has extensive postgraduate supervision experience, with more than 70 students having graduated under her supervision, and has also lectured internationally in Belgium, Switzerland, China, and the United Kingdom.
(Illicit) transfer by De Gree
A foreskin too far? Religious, medical and customary circumcision and the Children's Act 38 of 2005 in the context of HIV/AIDS, pg 69
Children and informal justice systems in Africa
Children's rights jurisprudence in South Africa: A 20 year retrospective
KOS v Minister of Home Affairs (2017) and its relevance to the law of marriage in South Africa
Monitoring and implementation of children’s rights
Policy and practice in South African prisons: An update
Recent developments in child justice (2016-2018)
Southern African perspectives on banning corporal punishment
Surrogacy in South Africa in Eastern and Western perspectives on surrogacy
The African children’s rights system
The rights of minor siblings in migration
The role of social workers in South Africa’s child justice system
Visions on surrogacy - from North to South
Too little? Too late? The implications of the Grootboom case for state responses to child-headed households