Juma Musjid Primary School v Essay (Constitutional Court of South Africa; 2011)

In this decision, the Constitutional Court of South Africa held that an eviction order obtained by an owner of private land on which a public school was located could not be enforced where it would impact students’ right to basic education and the best interests of the child under the South African Constitution (sections 28 and 29). The Court held that a private landowner and non-sate actor has a constitutional obligation not to impair the right to basic education under section 29 of the Constitution.

CRC, CESCR and CEDAW statements on private education September 2014 – July 2016: Synthesis paper

This paper highlights key concluding observations adopted between 2014 and 2016 by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), and the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) regarding the role of private actors in education in Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Morocco, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Protecting the right to education against commercialization, Report of the UN Special Rapporteur

In this report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education looks with concern at the rapid increase in the number of private education providers and the resulting commercialisation of education, and examines the negative effects of this on the norms and principles underlying the legal framework of the right to education as established by international human rights treaties.

Gross Violations of the Right to Education in Chile: Time to Act


Oral statement made by the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on 8 June 2015, following a report submitted by GI-ESCR with the Sciences Po Law School Clinic and with the support of eight national, regional and international NGOs working on the right to education in Chile.

Low-Fee Private Schools in Peru

Low-fee private schools are a growing phenomenon in many low and middle-income countries. Their emergence usually takes place in the context of a default privatisation processes which, though often aided by generous legislation, are not the product of government design but a more bottom-up response to the unavailability or perceived inadequacy of public education services, especially in such countries’ poorest areas.

15 May 2015

Informe del Relator Especial de la ONU sobre el Derecho a la Educación

Este informe se presenta de conformidad con las resoluciones 8/4, 17/3 y 26/17 del Consejo de Derechos Humanos. En él, el Relator Especial sobre el derecho a la educación examina la responsabilidad del Estado frente al crecimiento explosivo de los proveedores de enseñanza privados, desde la perspectiva del derecho a la educación.

Observación General 16: las Obligaciones del Estado en Relación con el Impacto del Sector Empresarial en los Derechos del Niño

En Febrero de 2013, el Comité de los Derechos del Niño adoptó la Observación General 16 sobre las obligaciones del Estado en relación con el impacto del sector empresarial en los derechos del Niño. Esas obligaciones abarcan una serie de cuestiones que reflejan el hecho de que los niños son titulares de derechos y partes interesadas en la actividad empresarial en tanto que consumidores, empleados legalmente contratados, futuros empleados y empresarios y miembros de comunidades y entornos en los que las empresas realizan actividades.