EuroMed Justice implemented its first activity under the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) in Tunis (25-27 September 2018) with a seminar dedicated to the Hague Conference’s three children’s Conventions, complementing the work already carried out by the Working Group CHILD.
Prepared jointly with the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), a key stakeholder of EuroMed Justice, the seminar gathered judges, experts and practitioners working in cross-border family conflicts and child abduction issues in four South Partner Countries (SPCs): Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya (as observer).
The objective of this seminar was to analyze and discuss the Hague Conventions of 1980 on child abduction, 1996 on the protection of children and 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support amongst the judges, experts and practitioners working in cross-border family conflicts and child abduction issues in these SPCs.
In particular, it aimed to discuss and promote the implementation and operation of the above-mentioned Hague Conventions; to foster debates and answers from the HCCH experts attending to questions of the SPCs in the matter; promote the exchange of experiences and good practices; encourage the ratification of the Conventions and accession to the HCCH with the final aim to improve child protection measures in cross-border family conflicts, being one of the pillars of the EuroMed Justice.
It is worth highlighting the importance of this activity as it is the first time that it targets a sub-group of South Partner Countries under EuroMed Justice, gathering representatives from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, with the Libyan participation, as observer, for the first time under this project, and the first time taking place in a South Partner Country since the EuroMed Justice II.
Finally, on child issues, the EuroMed Justice is finalizing the Regional Study on the application by national religious and civil judges of international norms on the best interests of the child for dissemination amongst all stakeholders.
EuroMed Justice (2016-2018) is an EU-funded Project which aims to contribute to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean area of cooperation in the field of justice and to the development of effective, efficient and democratic justice systems which protect and promote human rights.
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