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African Human Rights Law Journal

On-line version ISSN 1996-2096
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ODONGO, Godfrey O. The post-2010 jurisprudence on children's rights under the Kenyan Constitution. Afr. hum. rights law j. [online]. 2022, vol.22, n.2, pp.426-450. ISSN 1996-2096.

The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 provides for a comprehensive Bill of Rights that seeks to ensure the protection of rights with an emphasis on 'marginalised' and 'vulnerable' persons. A dedicated clause and other specific provisions in the Bill of Rights detail the rights for children. Since 2010 the Kenyan judiciary has adopted a progressive stance by interpreting these provisions in ways that affirm children's autonomy and agency while recognising the reality of children's vulnerability and their need for protection. The expansive provisions of the Constitution have also enabled Kenyan courts to more readily embrace systematic remedial measures, such as judicial recommendations for the reform of the applicable legal framework and implementation of new policies to give effect to rights.

Keywords : African Children's Charter; children's rights; Constitution of Kenya, 2010; Convention on the Rights of the Child; judicial enforcement.

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