Hear me out! The voice of the child in international child abduction cases

28/5/2019

Each child should be given the opportunity to be heard in all decisions affecting them, including international child abduction cases. Because the outcomes will, to a large extend, influence the life of the children involved. But it often lacks of knowledge or vision about the best interest of the child in cases of cross-border family disputes. These project results focus on giving information to judges, legal professionals and mediators on how to assess the best interest of the child in international child abduction cases.

Psychological research: Measuring the wellbeing of families who are faced with an international child abduction and identifying the factors that influence this wellbeing.

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Legal research: This research investigates (i) whether and how judges consider the best interests of the child in judicial proceedings following an international child abduction, and (ii) whether judges hear the children in this regard.

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