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Hague Conference on Private International Law

  • The Hague Abduction Convention: Nice in Theory, Difficult in Implementation

    February 15, 2018

    The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return. To implement these objectives, the Convention creates a system of close co-operation among the judicial and administrative authorities of the Contracting States and requests Contracting States to use the most expeditious procedures available under their own laws for Convention proceedings. A recent decision of the Japanese Supreme Court shows the conflict between the desire to protect factual situations altered by the wrongful removal or retention of a child, and that of guaranteeing respect for the legal relationships which may underlie such situations.

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  • Key Connecting Factors in International Child Abduction Cases

    November 9, 2017

    One of the main problems in international child abduction cases is to determine which country’s courts should decide a case and which legal system should apply. The subject of this blog is to give some insights in the main connecting factors in international child abduction cases, with an emphasis on the “habitual residence” of very young children as connecting factor. The main question is whether the parental intentions or the physical presence of a child in a state is primordial to establish habitual residence.

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  • HCCH Lecture, Auditorium, 14.00-16.00 h

    August 10, 2016

    A lecture on the Hague Conference on Private International Law by Thomas John, Attaché, Principal Legal Officer at the Permanent Bureau. For The Hague Academy students only!
    HCCH Lecture, Auditorium, 14.00-167.00 h

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  • HCCH Lecture, Auditorium, 14.00-16.00 h

    July 26, 2016

    A lecture on the Hague Conference on Private International Law by Philippe Lortie, First Secretary. For The Hague Academy students only!
    HCCH Lecture, Auditorium, 14.00-167.00 h

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  • The Special Commission on the implementation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and of the Protocol on Applicable Law

    October 30, 2009

    From 10 to 17 November a Special Commission of the Conference on Private International Law (hereafter HCCH) on the implementation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and of the Protocol on Applicable Law will meet at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Special Commission of the HCCH will discuss the implementation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and of the Protocol on Applicable Law. The new Convention aims to resolve the problems of unpaid or uncollectible child support and the problems of costly, complicated, slow and under-utilized international procedures. It will provide for a simplified procedure to recover child support internationally.

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