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Dr Elvis Fokala

Programme Manager, Children's Rights Unit, Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa



Elvis Fokala is the manager of the Children’s Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, he holds a Ph.D. in Public International Law (with a specialization in Child Law), from the Abo Akademi University in Finland. LL.M in Multidisciplinary Human Rights Law, from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and LL. B from the University of Buea in Cameroon. He has specialised, knowledge in Child law, Family law and the Law of Persons.



‘Do not forget the Nubians: Kenya’s compliance with the decisions of African regional treaty bodies on the plight and rights of Nubians’ 2021 De Jure Law Journal 476-492

Calibrating children’s right to participate in a family setting 30 years after the adoption of the Convention on the rights of the child and the African Children’s Charter’ (2020) 34(2) Speculum Juris 188 - 200. 

‘Age or maturity? African children’s right to participate in medical decision-making processes’ (2020) 20(2) African Human Rights Law Journal 667-687 (with Annika Rudman) 

‘The Impact of the Best Interests and the Respect for the views of the child principles in child custody cases (2019) 88(4) Nordic Journal of International law 614 - 635.

‘Stateless and Rights: Protecting the Rights of Nubian Children in Kenya through the African Children’s Committee’ (2014) 6(2) African Journal of Legal Studies 357 - 373. (with Lilian Chenwi) 

Special focus: Implementing regional human rights standards in East and West Africa Fokala ‘Editorial introduction: Compliance with regional human rights – Focus on East and West Africa’ 2021 De Jure Law Journal\ 401- 403

Electoral Democracy in Africa: Beyond Ensuring Free, Fair and Transparent Elections Rudman, Annika, and Elvis Fokala. 2021. “Electoral Democracy in Africa: Beyond Ensuring Free, Fair and Transparent Elections” Southern African Public Law 36 (1) 


Child Law, Family Law, Law of Persons, Human Rights Law, Publication International Law
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