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Parental Responsibility in a Cross-border Context, including Child Abduction

  • Workshop for judges

Sofia, 1 April 2015 – 3 April 2015
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Event number:
115DV109

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With an estimated 1 million divorces involving international couples in the EU every year, children often end up living in a different country than one of the parents, a situation which is fraught with difficulties from a family law point of view. These difficulties impact on the respect for the children's rights regarding parental responsibility and maintenance obligations.

Objectives

  • to provide expert training on Regulation Brussels II bis, including the main provisions in parental responsibility matters, the rules on international child abduction cases and their interaction with other EU instruments in the area of Civil Justice (on the taking of evidence, service of documents etc.)
  • to raise awareness of the interrelation of EU, international and domestic legislation on cross-border parental responsibility cases
  • to recap the preliminary ruling procedure using practical exercises
  • to offer participants the opportunity to practise family mediation in a scenario of child abduction through role play exercises
  • to provide participants with a practical introduction to the e-justice tools
  • to promote contacts between national judges from different member states and provide participants with valuable networking opportunities
The workshop is designed to be practice-oriented and focused on peer and expert training. Access to an introductory e-learning course will be made available to participants before the workshop allowing them to prepare to actively contribute during the training sessions. IT-supported training will be provided allowing participating judges to familiarise themselves with the existing online tools and make better use of the information available on the e-learning course. Participating judges will deal with concrete situations and be faced with real questions by means of case studies and role play exercises.

This workshop is a project of the European Commission in the framework of the development of training modules regarding European legislative instruments for cross-border cooperation in civil matters, which is implemented by the Academy of European Law (ERA).

Who should attend?

Participation is only open to judges from an EU Member State


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No seminar fee. Participation on selection. Selected participants will receive a significant contribution to their travel and accommodation costs.

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