An Overview of the Child Rights Act, 2003

17 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2022

Date Written: November 15, 2021


First, the Nigerian constitution, under Chapters four and two on Fundamental Human rights and on fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy respectively, is not child rights specific. Second, the various State Children and Young Persons Laws are largely Juvenile Justice Administration biased and not necessarily child's rights and responsibilities specific, as well as not being UN Convention on the Rights of the Child / AU Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (CRC/OAU) friendly in terms of modern conceptions/principles of Juvenile Justice Administration.

This paper seeks to provide for the rationale, structure and contents of the Child Rights Act; identify challenges in its adoption by some states; articulate measures for promoting Judicial excellence in the administration of Justice / Child Justice in Nigeria.

Suggested Citation

Ladan, Muhammed, An Overview of the Child Rights Act, 2003 (November 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Muhammed Ladan (Contact Author)

Ahmadu Bello University ( email )

Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Zaria, KS Kaduna 056
+2348037015634 (Phone)

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