Dr Elvis Fokala is the Programme Manager of the Children’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. Previously, Elvis worked as a substitute university teacher at the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, in Finland and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Elvis completed his PhD at the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, with a focus on child participation in family decision-making processes in Africa. He is the author of edited books, law journals and academic articles. He writes and publishes predominantly on children and constitutional rights within the African context. His research interests include: International Children’s Rights, Public International Law, African Human Rights System, and Constitutionalism in Africa.
Elvis joined the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers in 2012. In 2016, he was appointed the Acting Secretary General and in 2021, he was elected President of the ANCL at the general assembly of the Network held after the Virtual Annual ANCL Conference hosted by the University of Nairobi.