International families and the price of child relocation without consent
Date:16 July 2019
Specialist Area:International Crime and Extradition
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We are delighted to welcome Amelia Nice, Mary Westcott and Malcolm Hawkes, Barristers from Doughty Street Chambers’ Extradition Team, along with Dr. Tom Grange, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, as our guest speakers for the evening. Sital Fontenelle, Partner in our family and divorce team will be chairing the event.
Extradition presents a unique challenge to practitioners and the courts in meeting the best interests of the child due to the prospect of physical and geographical dislocation of parents from their children. The psychological impact upon children of forced, and often traumatic separation from their carers is frequently underestimated in the extradition courts.
This talk will address what the ‘best interests’ of the child actually means, in domestic and international law and the tactics to adopt when facing a case involving the potential separation of a child from its parents.
The speakers will also address the particular difficulties involved in protecting a child’s interests in extradition hearings, the role of child psychologists as well as issues relating to child abduction and possible solutions.
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