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International Symposium on Child Abduction

On 4 December 2009 the Federal Foreign Office organized an International Symposium on Child Abduction.

What begins as a quarrel over a child or children between estranged parents can unfortunately often end in a nightmare experience for all concerned. Cases involving cross-border abduction in particular present left-behind parents and national authorities with exceptional challenges.

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction ("Hague Convention"), which has been signed by Germany and eighty other countries, seeks the swift return of abducted children without always being able to guarantee a successful outcome.

Even the basic mechanisms are not available to countries outside the Convention.

In all cases it is the children who suffer most.

The Federal Foreign Office organized the symposium in close consultation with the Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ), the Federal Office of Justice (BfJ) (responsible for Hague Convention cases) and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). For the first time national specialists in the field discussed challenges and solutions with experts from Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Islamic world with the aim of providing better support both for parents seeking advice and their children.

The following documentation on the symposium was produced by the Federal Foreign Office:

The following examples of the many other valuable contributions to the symposium can be found below; these are, however, not official Federal Foreign Office statements:

Speeches available in German only can be found on the German version of this page: 

For more on the topic of child abduction please visit www.konsularinfo.diplo.de (in German)

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Last updated 08.03.2011

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