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A milestone for the Child Abduction Convention: 100 Contracting Parties!

With the accession of Guyana, the HCCH Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Child Abduction Convention”) has reached the milestone of 100 Contracting Parties.

For acceding States, it is important to bear in mind that a bilateralisation regime applies. Under Article 38(4) of the Child Abduction Convention, an accession “will have effect only as regards the relations between the acceding State and such Contracting States as will have declared their acceptance of the accession. Such a declaration will also have to be made by any Member State ratifying, accepting or approving the Convention after an accession [see Art. 37 of the Convention]. Such declaration shall be deposited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; this Ministry shall forward, through diplomatic channels, a certified copy to each of the Contracting States.”

It is therefore of great importance that ratifying States and previous acceding States accept the accession of new States.

A useful excel sheet of the acceptances of accessions under this Convention is available here.

The HCCH news item is available here.

Seminar: the child in international child abduction cases, Genoa, 14 & 15 March 2019

The University of Genoa, together with the Universities of Antwerp and Ghent, Missing Children Europe, Child Focus, Centrum IKO and MIKK has launched a research study, co-financed by the European Commission, for the promotion of  child-friendly justice and the enhancement of the well-being of children in international child abductions cases – VOICE.

On 14 March (10.00 – 18.30) and 15 March (9.30 – 13.00) 2019, the VOICE team is organising an interactive seminar to report on some of the research results and provide a discussion among academics and practitioners.

The seminar will focus on the existing legal framework concerning international child abduction and on the hearing of the child from a practical and interdisciplinary point of view. The aim is to provide the tools necessary to evaluate and pursue the best interests of the child.

The programme is available here.

Registration is required at the following link: Registration training VOICE

The event includes a contribution of 25 euros, which can be paid locally or by bank transfer to the organizing body, as follows:

Bank:                    ING Belgium, Avenue Marnix, 24, 1000 Brussels – Belgium

Recipient:           Missing Children Europe

IBAN:                    BE43 310 165 832 401
BIC:                       BBRUBEBB

Greece ratifies Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights

Following the signature of Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on March 2, 2017, the Hellenic Republic proceeded yesterday to its ratification. Article 1 of Law 4569/2019 reproduces the English version of the Protocol, coupled with a Greek translation. Articles 2-4 regulate formal issues, such as the procedure for submitting a request for advisory opinion (Article 1), the necessary content of the request and the latter’s notification to the parties (Article 3), and issues concerning the stay and reopening of national  proceedings (Article 4).