Hilde Demarré

Project manager. Missing Children Europe. Brussels.

Hilde holds a master Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Ghent and an Advanced Degree in Communication Sciences. She’s also a trained family mediator. She worked as a case manager at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 2 years and at Child Focus, the Belgian 116000 hotline, for 5 years, mainly dealing with international child abduction cases. Since 2008, she worked as project manager at Child Focus where she created the European Network of International Family Mediators. She joined Missing Children Europe in 2014.



Training Development


Ischtar Khalaf-Newsome

Ischtar Khalaf-Newsome is a trainer, cross-border family mediator and family lawyer. She is Head of Advisory Services at MiKK in Berlin. Prior to joining MiKK she worked for nine years as a family lawyer with Dawson Cornwell, a London based family law firm specialized in international family law disputes. She also worked for several years as a case manager at Reunite International. She holds a Master’s Degree (MA) in Near & Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, and a Master’s Degree in German and English from the Freie Universität Berlin. She has provided diverse training in cross-border family mediation and published on family law and mediation in e.g. The Family Law Journal, Spektrum der Mediation and Die (Wirtschafts)mediation



Christoph C. Paul

Christoph C. Paul is an attorney, notary, trainer and cross-border family mediator. He is co-founder of MiKK e.V. International Mediation Centre for Family Conflict and Child Abduction and has been Chairperson of the MiKK Board since its inception. He is co-editor of the online publication Cross-Border Mediation, a collection of the laws on mediation worldwide and co-editor of various publications on cross-border family mediation, including Cross-Border Family Mediation, Paul, C.C. and Kiesewetter, S. (eds.), 2014.  He holds the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for the implementation of cross-border mediation in family conflicts and child abduction and he received the Socrates Award for Mediation in 2010 for his longstanding work as a mediator and a “mediator of mediation” in institutional contexts.

Task Force


Coskun Coruz

Director, International Child Abduction Center, Hilversum

Representative of the Board of Directors of Missing Children Europe



REGISTER: Cross-Border Family Mediation Training (CBFM): 13-19 September 2020 Berlin, Germany
50-hour advanced training course aims to qualify practicing family mediators to mediate crossborder family disputes, including international child abduction, access and custody cases. The course will cover the relevant legal aspects of international family conflicts, differences in national family legislation, the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions, the Brussels II bis Regulation as well as the best ...

Enhancing the Wellbeing of Children Before, During and After Legal Proceedings of International Child Abduction

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