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Title:Illegitimacy in Sierra Leone Law: A Lingering Anachronism: Comparative Perspective
Author:Thompson, Bankole
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:illegitimate children
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/afjincol4&id=740&collection=journals&index=journals/afjincol
Abstract:This article critically examines the social and legal status of children born out of wedlock in Sierra Leone. It reviews the judicial system of Sierra Leone and discusses the customary and general law principles governing illegitimacy in the country. National trends in the United Kingdom and the United States as to the legal position of children born out of wedlock are surveyed, as well as regional and international perspectives on the rights of children generally. The article further discusses possible implications of the abolition in Sierra Leone law of the distinction between legitimate and illegitimate children and concludes that the inferior social and legal status of the illegitimate child in Sierra Leone is an anachronism of which the law should rid itself without further delay. Notes, ref.