The 1980 Hague Convention was the response of the international community to the increase in the phenomenon of parental child abduction. However, behind the success of this Convention – which has now been ratified by more than 102 states – lie personal tragedies, academic controversy and diplomatic tensions. This book brings together all these strands to provide an in-depth critical academic analysis in light of the objectives of the Convention and other relevant legal norms, such as the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Battered Women, Their Children, and International Law: The Unintended Consequences of the Hague Child Abduction Convention
Ending a bad personal relationship is extremely complicated when the relationship is transnational. Women whose partners are abusive often turn to family members for assistance. When this means leaving one nation for another with one’s children, Hague Convention (1980) international treaties come into play. All too often, the mother is charged with child abduction and forced to return the children to an abusive father. Drawing on a series of true-life stories, the authors reveal important dimensions of domestic law, interpretations of children’s best interests, and the legal rationales required to ensure safety for battered women and their children across international boundaries.