UB academic underpins rights of children borne out of wedlock

A law academic at the University of Botswana (UB) says the law which excludes children borne out of wedlock from inheriting from their fathers’ estate must be scrapped.

Senior lecturer in the Department of Law, Obonye Jonas, wrote this in his article titled: “Extra-marital children and their right to inherit from their fathers in Botswana: a critical appraisal”, published by the European Law Reform Journal.

The article analyses the rule that excludes non-marital children from inheriting from and through their fathers under the two systems of laws. “Its central claim is that this rule is antithetical to extra-marital children’s rights to equality, non-discrimination and dignity. The article argues that the rule is devoid of social currency, has no place in a democratic society, and must be abolished. In Botswana, children born out of wedlock have been suffering serious legal and societal discrimination from time immemorial,” explained Jonas.

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