n African Human Rights Law Journal - No second chance for first impressions : the first amicable settlement under the African Children’s Charter

Volume 19 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



In 2016 the African Children’s Committee dealt with its first amicable settlement under the African Children’s Charter. The article discusses amicable settlements within the African human rights system, and analyses Government of Malawi v Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa – the first amicable settlement dealt by the African Children’s Committee. Some thematic reflections are proffered relating to the definition of a child, child marriage, the notion of ‘serious and massive violations’ of children’s rights, reparations, the mandate to initiate an amicable settlement, and the follow-up to the amicable settlement reached.

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