1996 Hague Convention Seminar

22nd June 2012

The half day seminar looked at the 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures from Protecting Children, which was expected to be implemented on 1st August 2012.The 1996 Convention covers a wide variety of matters although practitioners will note a considerable similarity between aspects of the 1996 Convention and BIIR. The Convention makes provision for: Ascertaining which country has jurisdiction based on habitual residence - Determining which country's laws are to be applied- Recognition and Enforcement of orders between states- A framework for the exchange of information and collaboration between administrative authorities. The Convention will be of particular impact in cross-border custody and contact cases, in child abduction cases and in cross-border placements of children.

The 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children is currently expected to be implemented on 1st August 2012. Whilst it had been expected that its implementation would coincide with the implementation of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, the practicalities of ratification and implementation of such a broad and significant convention has resulted in a number of delays.

The 1996 Convention has now entered into force in 33 countries, the most recent being Portugal, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Austria and Denmark. Greece will follow in June of this year.

In anticipation of this significant development in the law relating to the international movement of children 4 Paper Buildings is holding a seminar to introduce practitioners to the operation of the Convention. The seminar, presented by speakers with huge experience in the field from the CAFCASS, the Bar and the solicitors profession will cover the legal and practical aspects of the operation of the Convention.

We are delighted that Lord Justice Thorpe, who has been instrumental in promoting the Convention and pursuing its implementation will be opening the Seminar.

The half day seminar was held on Friday 22nd June 2012 at The Law Society’s Council Chamber, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL.

The seminar will be accredited with 3 CPD hours.  The Cost of the seminar is £75 per delegate. A donation to Children and Families Across Borders will be made from the proceeds of the Seminar.

Chairs

Henry Setright QC & Marcus Scott Manderson QC

Keynote Speaker

Lord Justice Thorpe, Head of International Family Justice

Speakers

Henry Setright QC
Marcus Scott-Manderson QC
Teertha Gupta QC
David Williams
Mike Hinchcliffe and John Mellor of Cafcass
Helen Blackburn – International Family Law Group

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