COVID-19 and International Child Abduction: Children's Stories

Wolfreys, Allison (2020). COVID-19 and International Child Abduction: Children's Stories. University of Liverpool, School of Law and Social Justice. COVID-19 Briefing Papers No.9.



This paper considers two recent High Court cases conducted remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown that concern international parental child abduction which is governed by the Hague Convention on Child Abduction 1980 (The Convention). The cases shed some light on the currency of the rights of children to participate in decisions around whether they should be returned to where they were living prior to the abduction.

The Convention’s purpose (stated in Article 1) is to secure the prompt return of a child if they have been wrongfully removed or retained by a parent.

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