The Child’s Voice In International Child Abduction Proceedings

24 Oct 2018

At the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin in 2017, Amanda Humphreys from MST Lawyers’ Family Law team and Dr Phil Stahl, pre-eminent USA psychologist, presented their paper,  “What about me?” Making room for the voice of the child in Hague Convention child abduction proceedings.

For those interested in this topic, Volume XXII of the Judges’ Newsletter on International Child Protection focussing on “The Child’s Voice – 15 years later” is now available on the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, using this link.  

For an Australian perspective, see the contribution of the Honourable Justice Bennett AO of the Family Court of Australia (from page 22) including as to how the Family Court of Australia endeavours to hear the views of children in Hague Convention child abduction proceedings along with the representation of children’s interests and mediation in abduction cases.   

In relation to mediation in Hague Convention proceedings, readers are also encouraged to see the contributions from District Judge Wong Sheng Kwai1, Family Justice Courts, Singapore and Judge Annette Olland, Family Judge of the Bureau Liaison, International Child Protection Division, District Court of the Hague in the Netherlands.

For more information, please email our Family Law team or call us on +61 3 8540 0200.