Just released: New Volume of the Judges’ Newsletter on International Child Protection


By Frédéric Breger, Legal Officer at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH has just released Volume XXII of the Judges’ Newsletter (Summer-Fall 2018) with a Special Focus on “The Child’s Voice – 15 Years Later”. This “Anniversary” Volume was published in co-operation with Professor Marilyn Freeman (University of Westminster, London, England) and Associate Professor Nicola Taylor (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand) in the context of their British Academy research grant on the objection of the child under Article 13(2) of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention. It gathers contributions from 25 authors (academics, lawyers, judges, mediators, psychologists…) and covering approximately 15 jurisdictions on the topic of the “objection of the child” exception.

The objective of this publication is to share good practices on how to hear children in the context of a child abduction case; it further outlines examples of guidelines and normative work developed across jurisdictions in relation to the voice of the child.

A French version of this Volume will be available in October 2018. All previous volumes of the Judges’ Newsletter are available here.