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The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, Revised 1997

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In 1981 the Commonwealth Secretariat published explanatory documentation on The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, prepared by Mr. J M Eekelaar. This appeared in the series of “Accession Kits” for international conventions prepared by the Commonwealth Secretariat, designed to keep Commonwealth Governments, who are not parties to the Conventions with which they deal, fully informed of relevant international developments and to facilitate accession by them should they wish. A number have chosen to do so.



In 1990, in the light of a significant number of countries which had become parties and of case law that had built up, a fully rewritten “accession kit” on this Convention prepared by Professor David McLean was published by the Secretariat.



Over the past seven years, further developments have taken place which justify the revision of the “kit”. This edition has also been prepared for the Secretariat by Professor David McLean who has, for many years, acted as a consultant to the Secretariat on Mutual Legal Assistance matters and in particular on Hague Conventions in that field.

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The Need for a Convention

On 25 October 1980 a Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was signed at The Hague. The English text of the Convention is reproduced in Appendix A below. The Convention was drawn up under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the specialist inter-governmental agency working in that field and in which the Commonwealth Secretariat enjoys Observer status; the inclusion of the subject of international child abduction in the agenda of the Hague Conference was largely the result of an initiative by the Canadian Government.

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