1887

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

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Administrative Arrangements

The Preamble to the Convention makes explicit the twin premises upon which the Convention is based: first, that the interests of children are of paramount importance in matters relating to their custody and, second, that, in cases of international abduction, these interests are best served by the establishment of procedures ensuring their prompt return to the place where they were habitually resident prior to their removal. The acceptance of the second premise entails a willingness on the part of a State to exercise a degree of self-denial regarding its natural inclination to make its own assessment about the interests of children who are presently in its jurisdiction by investigating the facts of each individual case. To do this would generally give abductors important advantages over the other parent.

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