Child abduction law in the wake of Brexit: borders, best interests, and the Hague Convention

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The implications of Brexit for family law practitioners within - and beyond - the UK continue to unfold. This chapter looks to the post-Brexit demise of certain family law remedies previously available to 'left behind' parents in the wake of child abduction. The loss of Council Regulation (EC) 2201/2003 (Brussels II Revised) may also hinder the aim of guaranteeing abducted (removed or retained) children a 'genuine or effective' opportunity to express their views within such proceedings. Definitions of best interests may also vary when the provisions and procedures of The Hague Convention (1980) are relied upon. The precarious nature of some family life rights, particularly when stretched across borders and 'habitual residences' (as in Northern Ireland), merit discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrexit, droits et libertés
EditorsVanessa Barbé , Christina Koumpli
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9782802771487
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameCollection droit de l'Union européenne - Colloques


  • Brexit
  • Hague Convention
  • child abduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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