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EVENT 29/30 Sept 2016: PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST: Protecting Children's Interests in Relocation & Abduction Cases

26 September 2016

Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings Project

London, 29-30 September 2016

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
8 All Saints St
London, N1 9RL



The AIRE Centre, in collaboration with, Child Circle in Belgium, the Centre for Women War Victims (ROSA) in Croatia and the University College Cork in Ireland, are hosting a two-day event on the relocation and abduction of children. The event will focus on the approach of national and international law to the best interests of the child in relation to both their relocation away from one or both parents/siblings and their abduction by one parent. 

Day one (29th September) will consist of two round tables for invited experts: one on relocation, the other on abduction, at which the experts will share and exchange their knowledge, experience and explore challenges and possible solutions.

Day two (30th of September) will offer the opportunity for practitioners from the relevant disciplines to learn from the assembled experts - practitioners, national and international judges, the Hague Conference, academia, NGO’s and public institutions - the do’s and don’ts of working through a range of relocation and abduction situations  and to explore real and hypothetical scenarios by case studies.  A small fee to contribute to costs will be charged and CDP points will be available.

For the full Programme click here


We will be looking at:

  • The applicable national and international standards and the recent case law from the UK, the ECtHR and the CJEU;
  • The approach taken by courts to the separation of children from one or both parents and from their siblings or their cultural and social homes;
  • The inter-relationship between the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions and the Brussels Regulation (including its proposed reforms); and,
  • Comparing and contrasting public and private family law principles with the approach taken by the courts to separation and relocation  in situations not falling within the scope of family law (such as prisoners’ children, deportations that split families, Dublin Regulation Transfers of unaccompanied children).


Amongst the speakers we will have:

Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE QC, Dawson Cornwell solicitors

Edward Devereux, Harcourt buildings

Kerstin Bartsch, Hague Conference on Private International law

A senior member of the UK family judiciary (tbc)



Day 2 (30th of September) is an open event and tickets can be purchased online only at

Day 1 (29th of September) is an invitation-only event.

This event is CPD accredited.


This conference is the first event of our Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings Project. For more information on the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings Project please CLICK HERE. We have been able to keep the fees for attending modest thanks to part-funding from the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.

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This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the AIRE Centre and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.


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