International Child Abduction

The Civil Law Reform Division acts as the Central Authority in Ireland on international child abduction.  There are a number of international and EU instruments which govern this area:

  • The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction;
  • The 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children;
  • The European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Concerning Custody of Children (the Luxembourg Convention);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No. 2201/2003.

 

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