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Luxembourg was the venue from 4-6 July 2017 of the 1st Working Group session dedicated to the application by national religious and civil judges of the international norms concerning the Best interests of the Child in the South Partner Countries, to which took part representatives of the civil and religious jurisdictions from Algeria, Israel, Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia.
The objective of the WG CHILD is to improve the protection of the best interests of the child in cross-border family disputes. Indeed, the legal, cultural, and religious differences between SPCs and the European region have an impact on the resolution of cross-border family disputes. For the sake of a better protection of children’s interests, an increased cooperation among the judges – religious and secular – is required to facilitate and simplify the resolution of family disputes were the parties are of different religion or nationality.
At the end of this Working Group CHILD, a Comparative Study on the application by religious and secular judges of the international norms concerning the best interests of the child should be produced, with the support of the EuroMed Justice short term experts - and based on the information, data and answers to the thematic questionnaire received from the South Partner Countries - in collaboration with the Hague Conference, which plays a key role in this activity.
The 2nd session of the Working Group CHILD is scheduled for 12-14 December 2017.