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Hague Convention 21/02/2014

The Hague Convention is designed to protect the best interest of children and prevent the abduction, sale and trafficking of children.

The Convention came into force for the United Kingdom on 1 November 2012. It is directly effective as a matter of European law, meaning that its rules are automatically applicable and form part of domestic law in the same way as those of a European Regulation. Additional provision to facilitate the Convention’s operation in domestic law has been made in the Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (International Obligations) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2010 (“the 2010 Regulations”).

List of Contracting States:

Albania Georgia Panama
Argentina Germany Paraguay
Australia Greece Peru
Austria Hungary Poland
Belarus Iceland Portugal
Belgium Ireland Romania
Bosnia and Herzegovina Israel Russian Federation
Brazil Italy Serbia
Bulgaria Japan Slovakia
Burkina Faso Korea, Republic of Slovenia
Canada Latvia South Africa
Chile Lithuania Spain
China, People's Republic of Luxembourg Sri Lanka
Costa Rica Malta Sweden
Croatia Mauritius Switzerland
Cyprus Mexico The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Czech Republic Monaco Turkey
Denmark Montenegro Ukraine
Ecuador Morocco United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Estonia Netherlands United States of America
Finland New Zealand Uruguay
France Norway Venezuela

On Friday 24 January 2014, Japan became a Contracting State to the Hague Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Japan on 1 April 2014. Japan's ratification of the Convention is indeed a milestone in the history of the Convention, which will provide a key tool to return children victims of cross-border abduction involving a Japanese parent.

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