1KBW on International Child Abduction by: Richard Harrison KC, Nicholas Anderson, Jennifer Perrins, Katy Chokowry, Samantha Ridley, Thomas Dance and Elle Tait is a guide to the practice and procedure in international child abduction proceedings, in particular applications under the 1980 Hague Convention. It provides guidance as to the law of England and Wales and relevant international law in child abduction cases, as well as the procedures for making applications in the High Court and for pursuing appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. It condenses a large body of case law and international instruments into a digestible format, so that practitioners have all the tools needed for day-to-day practice in one place.


1KBW on International Child Abduction provides:

  • Flow charts to explain key legal principles and procedural steps, as well as diagrams which summarise important cases
  • A dedicated section on the 1980 Hague Convention, with individual chapters devoted to key principles such as rights of custody, habitual residence and the relevant ‘defences’ to applications for a summary return order
  • Chapters pertaining to the 1996 Hague Convention and applications under the inherent jurisdiction
  • Practical guidance about the procedure for making applications in the High Court, such as: how to make urgent without notice applications; the criteria for obtaining different types of Tipstaff orders; and when to seek specific orders for disclosure to assist in tracing a child
  •  A summary of Covid-19 guidance

Legislation and guidance covered includes:

    • 1980 Hague Convention
    • 1996 Hague Convention
    • Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985
    • Family Law Act 1986
    • President’s Practice Guidance: Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings

1KBW on International Child Abduction is aimed primarily at practitioners who already specialise, or are looking to specialise, in international child abduction. It can also be used as a reference tool by all family practitioners and those who have an interest in the subject.

The authors are a team of specialist child abduction practitioners from 1KBW who, between them, have acted in many of the leading cases including eight of the recent Supreme Court cases. They include two officers of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association and a member of the Reunite Legal Working Group.

Published by Bloomsbury Professional

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