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At its annual meeting in July, the Uniform Law Commission will take up proposed amendments to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), designed to assist the United States in implementation of the 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the [...]
Among other news from the Hague Conference this month: An informal “expert group” met on October 8-9, 2012 in The Hague and adopted recommendations regarding the financial aspects of intercountry adoption. The group endorsed and recommended some revisions to a “Discussion Paper on the Financial Aspects of Intercountry Adoption” prepared by the Permanent Bureau and available [...]
Last week, Russia and Lesotho joined the Hague Child Protection Convention, bringing the total number of Contracting States to 38 once it enters into force in those countries in 2013. Lesotho also deposited its instruments of ratification for the Intercountry Adoption Convention (bringing the total number of Contracting States to 89) and the Abduction Convention [...]
The United Kingdom has deposited its instruments of ratification for the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention, bringing the total number of Contracting States to 36, including most members of the European Union. The Convention will enter into force for the U.K. on November 1, 2012.
The Conclusions and Recommendations adopted by the Hague Conference General Affairs Council at its meeting in April 2012 include two interesting new projects in connection with the Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions. The Council authorized a new Working Group to develop a Guide to Good Practice on the interpretation and application of Article 13(b) of [...]
Winding up its work on January 31, the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions, made a series of recommendations including these: An exploratory experts’ group should be convened to identify and address the legal and practical issues related to the recognition and enforcement of agreements arrived at by [...]
Part II of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Hague Abduction and Child Protection Conventions begins on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 and continues through January 31 in The Hague. Rather than focusing primarily on the possibility of a protocol to the Abduction Convention, the meeting will focus on future work in three areas: enforceability [...]
The December 2011 issue of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family is available online; articles include a very thought-provoking article by Peter Hayes on The Legality and Ethics of Independent Intercountry Adoption Under the Hague Convention, which argues against the movement to eliminate independent intercountry adoption under the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention. [...]
The Hague Conference has announced details for Part II of the Special Commission meeting, which began in June 2011, on the operation of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Child Protection Convention. Part II of the meeting, which will focus on policy issues rather than the practical operation of the conventions, will take [...]
Here are two stories from the New York Times considering maternal and child health issues in Africa: Adam Nossiter, “In Sierra Leone, New Hope for Children and Pregnanat Women” (July 17, 2011). Celia W. Dugger, “Maternal Deaths Focus Harsh Light on Uganda” (July 29. 2011).