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Practice Area: Family     Training Level: General

Duration: 71 minutes

About the Programme

Like many countries, Singapore became a signatory to The Hague Convention On The Civil Aspects Of International Child Abduction 1980 and the International Child Abduction Act [Chapter 14C] which gives effect to the Convention came into effect on 1 March 2011.  Its objective is to protect children internationally from the harmful effects of their wrongful removal or retention and to establish procedures to secure their prompt return to the country of their habitual residence.  The Convention provides for legal recourse against violations of child custody and visitation rights more generally and provides a framework for obtaining the prompt return of children taken to another country in violation of these rights.  Its procedures do not provide for the investigation into the merits of custody and access disputes, although there are exceptions to return under the regime. 

2nd in the series of Seminars organised by the Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore will provide a brief overview of the Hague Convention and the Act, their important features, the legal mechanism for countries to work together on international child abduction cases, type of cases which fall under the Convention and the conditions to filing a Hague Application for Return. The speakers will also discuss the defences under the convention, a brief overview of the case law in Singapore, relocation applications and recent case law development. 


Michelle Woodworth – Partner, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP

Poonam Mirchandani – Precedent Partner, Mirchandani & Partners

Kee Lay Lian – Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP


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