The 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 (commonly referred to at the “1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children”) was the precursor the Brussels II revised regulation and came into force in the United Kingdom on 1 November 2012.

The objectives of the 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children are broad in scope and cover five areas:

  1. to determine the State whose authorities have jurisdiction to take measures directed to the protection of the person or property of the child;
  2. to determine which law is to be applied by such authorities in exercising their jurisdiction;
  3. to determine the law applicable to parental responsibility;
  4. to provide for the recognition and enforcement of such measures of protection in all Contracting States;
  5. to establish such co-operation between the authorities of the Contracting States as may be necessary in order to achieve the purposes of the Convention.

Our members appeared in the Supreme Court Case of In re J (A Child) (Reunite International Child Abduction Centre and others intervening) [2016] AC 1291 (Supreme Court) which considered the operation of the 1996 Hague Convention and our members are available to advise in respect of any matters relating to the operation of the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention.

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