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A senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya, Dr Farah Nini Dusuki has been appointed as the Children's Commissioner to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) for a three-year term effective last March 8.

The appointment was announced by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Legal and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Farah Nini, who has over 30 years of experience in the field of human rights and child law, obtained her doctorate from Cardiff University, Wales, in the United Kingdom in 2002 with a thesis that analysed socio-legal issues to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Her research areas include legislation on criminal justice, child law, adolescent protection in sexual reproductive health issues as well as the implementation and enforcement of children's rights in Malaysia.

She had previously served at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, the law faculty at International Islamic University, for 15 years. She obtained her PhD from Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom in 2002 with a thesis on the socio-legal analysis on protecting children from child abuse and neglect. Her wider research interest includes, and is not limited to criminal justice, child justice, protection of adolescents in sexual reproductive health issues and the implementation and enforcement of children’s rights in Malaysia. Her background in both civil and Islamic law has put her in good stead in approaching child-related issues from both perspectives. Her recent works, both unpublished and published relates to the rights of children in more specific issues such child abuse and neglect, stateless children, corporal punishment, child marriage, teenage pregnancies and abortion and alternatives to custodial orders for children in conflict with the law, particularly diversion and restorative justice approaches.

Last Update: Jan 02, 2024