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.