Ann Skelton

Ann SkeltonProfessor Ann Skelton graduated with a BA LLB (UKZN) in 1985 and LLD (University of Pretoria) in 2005. She has worked as a human rights lawyer in South Africa for 25 years, specialising in children’s rights. She was at the forefront of child law reform through her involvement with the South African Law Reform Commission, where she chaired the committee that drafted the Child Justice Act and was a member of the committee that drafted that Children’s Act.  Ann is currently the Director of the Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria. She often appears in the superior courts arguing children’s rights issues in a wide range of public interest law matters. She regularly attends expert meetings of UN bodies, and in 2012 she was awarded the Honourary Worlds’ Children’s Prize, presented in Sweden. She is an established researcher and has published widely in the fields of child law, family law, constitutional law, criminal justice and restorative justice.  We are pleased to announce that Professor Skelton was recently elected as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.