23 December 2010
Morocco Judicial Seminar
on Cross-Border Protection of Children and Families
hosted by the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Morocco
with the Hague Conference on Private International Law and TAIEX
Rabat (Morocco), 13-15 December 2010
Purpose of the Seminar
Within the framework of the Malta Process, the Seminar discussed cross-border protection of children and families and, in particular, 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.
In particular, the Seminar explored:
· the development of closer co-operation and networking among judiciaries;
· the development of inter-State administrative co-operation;
· practical arrangements needed to facilitate transfrontier visits;
· measures to prevent abduction or abuse of visiting rights and promote parental co-operation and agreement;
· the protection of unaccompanied minors;
· cross-frontier placements of children including arrangements made by way of the Islamic law institution of kafala;
· cross-border mediation in family matters;
· exchange of information concerning the laws and practices of the different legal systems.
Participating States and Organisations: Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the European Commission, Unicef, the League of Arab States, and the International Social Service.
The Conclusions of this Seminar are available in the following languages: Arabic | English | French.