Research Handbook on International Child Abduction


Research Handbook on International Child Abduction

The 1980 Hague Convention

9781800372504 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marilyn Freeman, Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Westminster Law School, University of Westminster, London, UK and Nicola Taylor, Professor of Family Law and Director of the Children’s Issues Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 250 4 Extent: c 480 pp
With a focus on the 1980 Hague Convention, this cutting-edge Research Handbook provides a holistic overview of the law on international child abduction from prevention, through voluntary agreements and Convention proceedings, to post-return and aftercare issues.

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With a focus on the 1980 Hague Convention, this cutting-edge Research Handbook provides a holistic overview of the law on international child abduction from prevention, through voluntary agreements and Convention proceedings, to post-return and aftercare issues.

Analysing the repercussions of abduction from the perspectives of both abducted children and the therapeutic professionals engaged in their cases, chapters assess the contributions of the many professionals and key agencies involved in the field. Identifying the 1980 Hague Convention as the principal global instrument for dealing with child abduction, the Research Handbook traces its role, history, development and impact, alongside the mechanisms required for its effective use. Evaluating current trends, areas of concern in legal practice and various regional initiatives, it considers alternatives to high-conflict court proceedings in international child abduction cases. The Convention’s strengths, successes, weaknesses and gaps are discussed, and the Research Handbook concludes by addressing the need to tackle the challenges in its future operation.

Interdisciplinary and accessible in approach, the contributions from renowned subject specialists will prove useful to students and scholars of human rights and family law, international law and the intersections between law and gender studies, politics and sociology. Its combination of research, policy and practice will be of use to legal practitioners working in family law alongside NGOs and central authorities working in the field.
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‘This Research Handbook provides a broad and timely overview of international child abduction law in both Convention and non-Convention countries, authored by an all-star cast of experts drawn from practice and academia. In addition to serving as a useful and important reference, this Handbook will help to shape the agenda for new work ahead.’
– Ann Laquer Estin, University of Iowa, US

‘This outstanding book is a timely collection of twenty-two chapters that represent the current thinking of global specialists on international child abduction and the 1980 Hague Convention. With personal insights and experiences with international child abduction, this commendable Research Handbook offers diverse perspectives in addressing the core question of how to respect and fulfil children’s rights to protection and participation in high conflict cross-border family matters. It is a must-read for all professionals interested in state-of-the-art insights into international child abductions and ways towards the future-proof operation of the 1980 Hague Convention.’
– Mariëlle Bruning, Leiden University, the Netherlands

‘Marilyn Freeman and Nicola Taylor make an invaluable contribution to the impact of international child abduction and the implementation and operationalization of the 1980 Hague Convention. They have gathered together the top experts in the field in an insightful, useful and comprehensive manner. The publication is thought provoking, practical, as well as academic, and an invaluable tool for the practitioner and experts.’
– Zenobia Du Toit, Miller du Toit Cloete Inc, South Africa

'I fully recommend this book, written by an impressive list of international experts in the theory and practice of every aspect of international child abduction. Professors Freeman and Taylor are pioneers in the field and this Research Handbook is an excellent instrument for the academic reader and the practitioner of law alike.'
– Karolina-Zoi Andriakopoulou, Family Lawyer, Greece

‘Marilyn and Nicola have assembled some of the world’s most influential experts on international parental child abduction in a treatise that combines complex legal topics with highly practical issues faced by attorneys, courts, and governments. This book should grace the shelves of any professional who works with families.’
– Melissa A. Kucinski, MK Family Law, US
Contributors include: Anna Claudia Alfieri, Sarah Calvert, Stephen Cullen, Jeffrey Edleson, Linda Elrod, Mary Fata, Sarah Cecilie Finkelstein Waters, Marilyn Freeman, Gérardine Goh Escolar, Diahann Gordon Harrison, Michael Gration, Mark Henaghan, Costanza Honorati, Ischtar Khalaf-Newsome, Clement Kong, Thalia Kruger, Suzanne Labadie, Sara Lembrechts, Nigel Lowe, Alistair MacDonald, Anil Malhotra, Ranjit Malhotra, Jeremy Morley, Yuko Nishitani, Christian Poland, Kelly Powers, Joëlle Schickel-Küng, Rhona Schuz, Henry Setright, Sudha Shetty, Ann Skelton, Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Victoria Stephens, Nicola Taylor, Mathew Thorpe
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