Research PG 2013
The phenomenon of international child abduction is a complex and multidimensional issue of international family law

Caroline Cotta

PhD Title:
Child Abduction in Europe

The phenomenon of international child abduction is a complex and multidimensional issue of international family law which was first addressed by the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

This instrument proved to be an original and efficient answer to these sensitive disputes.  However, the competence of the European Union in the field of private international law as well as the increasing case law of the European Court on Human Rights has led to the addition of procedural rules and substantive considerations which complicate the existing legal framework. My thesis seeks to re-assess the relevance of the thirty year old Hague model, in particular with regard to the new challenges raised by the individualisation of children’s rights.