Conference: Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings, 26 March 2021


POAM (Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings) is a research project co-funded by the European Commission. It explores the intersection between domestic violence and international parental child abduction within the European Union. The project is concerned with the protection of abducting mothers who have been involved in return proceedings under the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention and the Brussels IIa Regulation, in circumstances where the child abduction had been motivated by acts of domestic violence from the left-behind father.  POAM examines the usefulness of the Protection Measures Regulation and the European Protection Order Directive in the context of such return proceedings.

The POAM Conference will take place online via Zoom – due to the current global circumstances and, unfortunately, not as initially planned in Munich – on Friday, the 26th March 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CET).

In the Conference, the POAM research team will present the results of the project and their best practice guide, and invite discussions moderated by external speakers and a panel to engage the participants. Please see the attached POAM Conference Programme for more details.

REGISTRATION: If you are interested in attending the online Conference, please register by email to

Please also indicate in the email whether you would require a confirmation of participation after attendance. We will provide you with the necessary link for the Zoom Conference a week before the event.