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Government publishes guide to the 1996 Hague Convention

The Ministry of Justice has published a 56 page practice guide for the 1996 Hague Convention on Child Protection.

Formally known as the ‘Hague Convention on Parental Responsibility and Protection of Children’, the 1996 convention deals with civil measures for the protection of children and has been signed by 39 countries to date. It is not to be confused with the better known 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

In his forward, Lord Justice Thorpe, the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales, notes:

“…the Convention has been widely recognised by all experts in the field as a highly significant international instrument. Indeed in the field of international family law it, with the 1993 Inter-Country Adoption Convention, are the twin peaks of international family law making of the last quarter century.”

He adds:

“The Convention became available to our court in November 2012. Now that we have the Convention it is vital that specialists in the field of international law should be familiar with the Convention and should rapidly develop expertise in its use.”

The guide is aimed at judge and legal practitioners involved in issues covered by the Convention.


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