The Nature of Child Justice Administration

  • Mariam Adepeju Abdulraheem-Mustapha


The author examines the historical evolution of child justice administration generally in the pre- and post-colonial periods and the influence on later developments on legislations and policies of Nigeria and South Africa as case studies. This chapter shows that colonialism, economic policies and the effect of the menace of insurgency, cattle rustlers and other fundamentalists in Nigeria with the South African’s experience of incessant attack on foreigners and xenophobic attacks have impacted negatively on the rights of the child. In laying a proper foundation for the objectives of this book, the chapter further examined the theoretical expositions of child justice administration according to the principle underpinning international instruments on the subject by tracing its fundamental objectives from its early development. Navigation of child offenders and the uniqueness of child justice system in contradistinction to criminal justice system form parts of discussion in this chapter.


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  • Mariam Adepeju Abdulraheem-Mustapha
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  1. 1.Department of Public Law, Faculty of LawUniversity of IlorinIlorin, Kwara StateNigeria

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