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Coram’s Inaugural International Children Law Conference

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Coram Chambers is hosting its inaugural International Children Law Conference on 6 November 2019. 

Our International Children Law team is instructed on a range of international children law matters, including relocation, Hague and non-Hague child abduction, international surrogacy, and cases of contested jurisdiction. This year members have been involved in cases focussing on Brussels II Revised, the 1980 Hague Convention and the 1996 Hague Convention at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal, the UK Supreme Court and in an application for a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The half-day conference will focus on three important topics that have been at the heart of the development of international children law in 2019 and are likely to feature heavily in cases in 2020: the inherent jurisdiction and the international movement of children, extradition in the family law context, and FGMPOs and FMPOs on the international plane.

Details as follows:

TIME:        8:45 am – 12:30 pm

VENUE:    The Clubhouse, 20 St. Andrew Street, Holborn, London EC4A 3AG

COST:        £50 + VAT until 1 October 2019 (early bird), £60 + VAT (general admission)

CPD:           3

BOOK:      http://buytickets.at/coramchambers/299272 (or scroll below)



8:45 – 9:15: Registration

Chair: Shiva Ancliffe (Coram Chambers)

9:15 – 9:30: Opening address by Mark Twomey QC

9:30 – 10:20: NY (A Child): Inherent Jurisdiction and the International Movement of Children

Alex Laing (Coram Chambers), Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) and James Netto (Dawson Cornwell)

Discussion and analysis by the appellant’s legal team of this year’s must-know “child abduction” case, which was heard by the High Court in April, Court of Appeal in June and UK Supreme Court in July.

10:30 – 11:20: Extradition in the Family Law Context

Sarah Tyler (Coram Chambers), Amelia Nice and Mary Westcott (Doughty Street Chambers)

This session will examine the ways in which extradition proceedings can become entwined with family proceedings: in child abduction; in concurrent care and extradition proceedings; and where public law proceedings may arise out of extradition. The speakers will address the conflicts that arise between the two jurisdictions, and practical steps that can be taken by representatives and the Court.

11:30 – 12:20: FGMPOs and FMPOs on the international plane

Bianca Jackson (Coram Chambers) and Rachel Cooper (Coram Chambers)

In recent years, a number of criminal and civil remedies have been created and amended to protect persons at risk of forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). This talk will focus primarily on Forced Marriage Protection Orders and Female Genital Mutilation Orders, setting out the law, procedure and guidance that govern such applications. It will also examine some of the common issues that arise when allegations of forced marriage and/or FGM are raised in proceedings and how they have been dealt with by the courts.


For all queries, contact theresa.yurkewich@coramchambers.co.uk.

This event will take place following the launch of our International Children Law Newsletter on 26 September 2019. To subscribe, email theresa.yurkewich@coramchambers.co.uk.

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