Carina du Toit

Attorney, Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria

Since 2005 Carina du Toit's work at the Centre for Child Law, based at the University of Pretoria, has revolved around fighting for children's rights. Her main focus is on the management of public interest litigation, but she is also involved in advocacy and law reform. Du Toit has extensive legal expertise in the area of parental abduction and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; she also provides separate legal representation for children in high-conflict family law matters. Last year she was the attorney in one of the centre's most prominent cases to date � seeking to have sections of the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Amendment Act of 2007, which stipulates minimum sentences for children, including life imprisonment for teenagers, declared unconstitutional. � Yolandi Groenewald

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