The Protection of Minors in UAE Law as Persons in Need: An Analytical Study

In: Arab Law Quarterly
Iyad Mohammad Jadalhaq Professor in Civil Law, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Ibrahim Sulaiman al-Qatawnah Associate Professor in Criminal Law, Al-Ain University of Science and Technology, Al-Ain, UAE

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This article reviews the legal regime for the protection of minors in the UAE. First, the rights of minors protected under threat of criminal sanctions, as enshrined in the UAE Children Rights Law 2016, is addressed. Subsequently, the protection of minors in civil legislation, especially with regard to financial transactions, is considered by examining the legal effects of acts performed by minors themselves or by agents on their behalf. The legal authority of a minor’s agent to act on his/her behalf is outlined and the consequences of acts performed by the minor or his/her agent beyond legal limits is presented. Finally, the role of the Social Care and Minors Affairs Foundation (SCMAF) is considered when caring for minors and protecting their property. The article concludes with an assessment of the legal regime for the protection of minors, especially in connection with financial transactions, evaluates the guarantees and safeguards included therein, and issues some additional recommendations.

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