Family Law pp 229-249 | Cite as

Child Abduction

  • Kate Standley
Part of the Macmillan Law Masters book series


Child abduction is a distressing consequence of family breakdown. It is also a widespread problem due not only to world-wide increases in family breakdown, but also to the growth in international marriages and the greater and easier movement of persons. Two international Conventions exist to combat international child abduction: the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, 1980 (the ‘Hague Convention’) and the European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Concerning Custody of Children, 1980 (‘the European Convention’). The UK is party to both Conventions which are effective in the UK by virtue of the Child Abduction and Custody Act (CACA) 1985, the schedules to which contain the texts of the Conventions.


Central Authority European Convention Court Order Psychological Harm Hague Convention 
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Further Reading

  1. Beevers, ‘Child abduction — welfare or comity?’ [1996] Fam Law 365.Google Scholar
  2. Bruch, ‘Child abduction and the English courts’, in Bainham, Pearl and Pickford (eds.), Frontiers of Family Law, 2nd edn, John Wiley, 1995.Google Scholar
  3. McClean and Beevers, ‘International child abduction — back to common law principles’ [1995] CFLQ 128.Google Scholar
  4. ‘Newsline: consultation on child abduction’ [1997] Fam Law 80.Google Scholar
  5. Standley, ‘International child abduction: the Hague and European Conventions’ [1991] JCL 137.Google Scholar
  6. Stone, ‘The habitual residence of a child’ [1992] JCL 170.Google Scholar

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© Kate Standley 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Standley
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  1. 1.University of EssexUK

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