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International Child Abduction and Human Rights Public Conference

Against the background of the increasingly diverging case law of the CJEU and ECHR, this event examined and critically assessed the current legal framework for international child abduction cases. The question raised was how far a court's duty reaches when assessing the grant of a return order. Should the court apply a very marginal test only, in essence sending the child back unless there is a very serious reason not to do so? Or must it take full account of the right to family life of each individual child and his or her parents?

Speakers discussed the use of the grounds for refusal; the role of Central Authorities; the future of the 1980 Hague Convention and of the Brussels II bis Regulation; potential ways to a harmonised case law of the CJEU and ECHR; children's rights and interests; and the concerns of children's organisations.


  • Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen
  • Hilde Demarré, Missing Children Europe
  • Thalia Kruger, University of Antwerp
  • Eva Lein, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Carolina Marín Pedreño, Dawson Cornwell, London
  • Marta Pertegas, Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Andrea Schulz, German Central Authority
  • Joanna Serdynska, European Commission
  • Linda Silberman, NYU
  • Helen Stalford, University of Liverpool
  • Frederik Swennen, University of Antwerp
  • Karin Verbist, Adverlat, Antwerp

Event Materials

Below are materials from the event

Event convened by Prof. Thalia Kruger, University of Antwerp and Dr Eva Lein, BIICL.

Organising committee:

Thalia Kruger (University of Antwerp), Eva Lein (BIICL), Eva Brems (Ghent University), Sylvie Saroléa (Université Catholique de Louvain), Frederik Swennen (University of Antwerp), Wouter Vandenhole (University of Antwerp) and Jinske Verhellen (Ghent University)

Scientific committee:

Marc Fallon (Université Catholique de Louvain), Maarit Jänterä-Jareborg (University of Uppsala), Johan Meeusen (University of Antwerp), Freya Vander Laenen (Ghent University), Patrick Wautelet (University of Liège)

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