The Economist focusing on International Child Abduction

Both the on-line and the printed issue of The Economist (February,18th 2017), devote a long and well-argued article to the increasing plague of International Child Abduction. Multi-national families are often facing hard battles to avoid (in the best cases) or to manage (more often) dramatic break up. Kate Baggott and her two children live in … Continue reading The Economist focusing on International Child Abduction

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights decides in the Paradiso Campanelli case: there was no violation of article 8

On the 27 of January the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rendered the FINAL DECISION on the sensitive issue of surrogate motherhood, examining the case of the Italian spouses Paradiso and Campanelli. The facts are well known: In 2011 the Italian couple went to Russia in order to have a … Continue reading The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights decides in the Paradiso Campanelli case: there was no violation of article 8

Italy: Enacted the new Statute on civil Unions

Last week (on January 27) the Official Gazette of Italian Law has published the final version of a Legislative Decree (D.Lgs. 19 gennaio 2017, n. 7) which finally provides the international law rules for the regulation of civil unions. This decree makes some important changes to the Italian act on private international law (L. 31 maggio … Continue reading Italy: Enacted the new Statute on civil Unions

Pakistan – Hague Child Abduction Convention ratified by Pakistan Government

After Turkey (see article), also Pakistan has finally joined the 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, becoming the 96th Contracting State to the Convention. The historical decision was taken by the Government during the cabinet meeting held in Islamabad on November 23, 2016 and ratified a month later (on December 22, … Continue reading Pakistan – Hague Child Abduction Convention ratified by Pakistan Government

Some pictures of the meeting held in Milan last November

On November 28 and 29, 2016 the University of Milano-Bicocca hosted a meeting of the staff working on the “EU Judiciary Training on Brussels IIa Regulation: From South to East” project. The meeting was devoted to settle on some organizational issues in regard of final training and to discuss the draft of works and some … Continue reading Some pictures of the meeting held in Milan last November

Lithuania – The Supreme Court rules on habitual residence and conditions for prorogation

Summary of the Decision of 20 October 2016, the Supreme Court of Lithuania (case No 3K-3-426/2016) In its recent decision of 20 October 2016, the Supreme Court of Lithuania gave its opinion on two important issues linked to the interpretation of the Brussels II bis regulation. Firstly, it rebutted the arguments typically used by Lithuanians … Continue reading Lithuania – The Supreme Court rules on habitual residence and conditions for prorogation

Italy – Italian Supreme Court clarifying principles about applicable law and recognition of foreign decisions in divorce matters

The Italian Supreme Court (Corte Suprema di Cassazione, Sezione Prima Civile), with a decision published on the 1st of December (n. 24542/2016), has determined that the foreign judgment on divorce should be recognized in Italy although it hangs a separation procedure. In particular, this occurs when the foreign law does not provide for the institute … Continue reading Italy – Italian Supreme Court clarifying principles about applicable law and recognition of foreign decisions in divorce matters

ECHR “Casarrubios” on the Hearing of the Child: age and maturity are not the only factors to be taken into account

Hearing of the Child: age and maturity are not the only factors to be taken into account, but refusal to hear the child who wants to be heard must be well reasoned On ECtHR Casarrubios et Cantalapiedra Iglesias v. Espagne of 11 October 2016 The ECtHR had a recent occasion to further clarify the relevance … Continue reading ECHR “Casarrubios” on the Hearing of the Child: age and maturity are not the only factors to be taken into account

Italy – Best interests of the child: presentation of new book at BookCity Milano

Next week the city of Milan will host Bookcity Milano 2016, an important event about publishing, books, and culture in general: a four days marathon of conferences, presentations and other interesting initiatives on communication and digital media (see official website Bookcitymilano.it for more details and the complete program). On Sunday (November 20), upon the anniversary … Continue reading Italy – Best interests of the child: presentation of new book at BookCity Milano

Spain – On the use of mediation for the enforcement of a return order of children in a child abduction case

The decision of the Provincial Court (Audiencia Provincial) of Barcelona nº 573/2013 of 1 October 2013, though rendered some years ago, outstands as it considers the use of mediation in the enforcement of a child return order in a child abduction case. The facts were as follows: a couple, having two children, was habitually resident … Continue reading Spain – On the use of mediation for the enforcement of a return order of children in a child abduction case