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Guest lecture 2020 on Child Abduction

We are honoured to inform that the guest lecture that was supposed to take place in June 2020, and which unfortunately - due to COVID restrictions - was cancelled, will be organized on 14 December 2020, online via MS Teams at 11:30-12:30.

Should you wish to participate, please register by writing at

The lecture will be given by Anabela Susana de Sousa Gonçalves, a Vice-Dean and professor at the Law School of the University of Minho (Portugal) and external expert of the European Commission.

The abstract of the lecture reads as follows: 

International Child Abduction

International child abduction happens when, in breach of rights of custody attributed to a parent, a child is removed from his/her country of habitual residence to another country or retained in another country. International child abduction has its legal framework in the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980 Hague Convention). The aim of the Hague Convention is to protect or, at least, to reduce the effects that the wrongful removal or retention can have on the child, by guaranteeing the child fast return to his/her country of habitual residence, through a system of cooperation between central authorities. However, the international child abduction is also ruled by the European Union (EU) Regulation No 2201/2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility (Brussels IIa). As the Brussels IIa Regulation takes precedence over the multilateral conventions listed in its Article 60 in regards to the relations between the Member States, the Brussels IIa Regulation has priority over the 1980 Hague Convention in the European Union. That means that in the Union, the Hague Convention continues to apply, but the Brussels IIa Regulation completes its legal framework regarding the civil aspects of international child abduction. 

The lecture will be centred on the legal framework about international child abduction set in 1980 Hague Convention and the Brussels IIa Regulation. However, it will also be analysed the main changes that Regulation (EU) 2019/1111 of 25 June 2019 on jurisdiction, the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, and on international child abduction (Brussels II ter) introduces in child abduction cases.