Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in child abduction case

This is the first judgment delivered by the new European Court of Human Rights concerning the application of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. It is a very significant judgment that provides support for the Hague Convention. The Court considered that the positive obligations which Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights...

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Ratification by the Czech Republic

On Monday, 13 March 2000, the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children was ratified by the Czech Republic. After the deposit of the next (third) instrument of ratification, the Convention will enter into force (cf. Article 61)....

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Launch of the International Child Abduction Database (INCADAT) on the Internet

During the Special Commission on general affairs and policy of the Conference, to be held from 8-12 May 2000, the International Child Abduction Database (INCADAT) will officially be launched by the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands, Mr A.H. Korthals. This event will take place in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace in The Hague, on Tuesday, 9 May 2000, following the afternoon session of...

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Ratification by Turkey

On Wednesday, 31 May 2000, the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was ratified by Turkey. The Convention will enter into force for Turkey on 1 August 2000....

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Judges' Seminar on the International Protection of Children

On the initiative of the French and German Ministers of Justice, a Judges' Seminar on International Protection of Children was held at the Conference Centre De Ruwenberg, near 's-Hertogenbosch, from 3-6 June 2000, with the support of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on private international law.Twelve judges from France, twelve from Germany, seven from Italy and six from the...

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Visit of the German Minister of Justice

The German Minister of Justice, Madam Professor Dr Herta Däubler-Gmelin, visited the Permanent Bureau on 6 June 2000. It was the first visit of a German Minister of Justice to the offices of the Secretariat of the Hague Conference.The Minister was accompanied by Mr Lothar Maur, Judge at the Landgericht, Dr Stefan Walz, Ministerialrat, Mr Jan MacLean, Judge at the Amtsgericht, Ms Alexa Albrecht,...

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Deputy Secretary General Catherine Kessedjian Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite

At a reception given at his residence on 5 July 2000, the Ambassador of France to the Netherlands, His Excellency Mr Bernard de Faubournet de Montferrand, conferred on Mrs Catherine Kessedjian, Deputy Secretary General, the insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite. This distinction was awarded to Mrs Kessedjian for her services during the last eighteen years in upholding the civil law...

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INCADAT demonstration

On 9 May 2000, the International Child Abduction Database (INCADAT) was officially launched. During this event, a slide show was presented about the Hague Conference and the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention, including a short demonstration of INCADAT. ...

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House enactment of Intercountry Adoption Act

The Intercountry Adoption Act 2000 (HR 2909), which makes provision for the eventual implementation in the USA of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, was passed in the US House of Representatives on 18 July 2000....

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