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2.13. Protection of Rights of Children and Parents within the Framework of the Hague Conventions 1980 and 1996

May 16, 2013 10:00-11:30 Hall VI

Track: 2. Public law/Rule of Law


Participants of the round table discussion will focus on the following issues:

  • Main provisions and fundamental principles of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction;
  • Balance between conceptual frameworks of the Russian legislation and the 1980 Hague Convention;
  • Mechanisms for protecting child’s rights provided by the 1980 Hague Convention;
  • Main tendencies in amending the Russian legislation with a view to implementing the 1980 Hague Convention provisions;
  • Russian laws on the rights of a parent who lives separated from his (her) child;
  • Main provisions and fundamental principles of the 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children


Pavel Astakhov

Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation


Education, academic degree Doctor of law

Current position Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation

Professional experience since 1994

Specialist area, professional interests

Achievements, rewards Order of Honour (2012)


Andrey Chernov

Chairman of the Board of Non-commercial Partnership “Alliance of Professional Mediators”


Education: Higher education (profession— public and municipal administration), Candidate of Economic Sciences (profession code 08.00.05 in the field of Economy and management of national economy (economy, organization and management of the organizations, branches, complexes — construction)

Professional experience: 2012 — non-profit partnership „Alliance of professional mediators”; 2008 — 2010 гг. Ministry of Economic development of the Russian Federation; 2006 — 2008 гг. Federal Agency on management of special economic zones; 2004 — 2006 гг. -Work in commercial organizations.

Specialization: investment activity, state-private partnership, housing construction, alternative conciliato-ry procedures with participation of the intermediary, mediation.

Publications: Numerous publications, including in the magazines approved by the Highest certifying commission, on the matters related to professional interests (magazines „Housing Right”, „Legislation and Economy”, „Taxes”, „Innovations and Investments”, „Expert”, „Modernization, Innovations, Development”, „Family and Housing Law”)

Min Soo Kook

Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Korea

Maria Snezhko

Head of Division of Private International Law, Department of Private International Law and International Legal Assistance, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine


Ms Snezhko Maria Borisovna Diploma in law. Graduated from Kyiv National Economic University with a degree in Legal Studies (M.A. in Economic Regulation) and Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with a degree in Foreign Policy (M.A.)

In 2000-2003 she worked in Ukraine’s Ministry of Economics as Chief Financial Economist.

Since 2005 she has been working in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. Started her professional career with execution of legal aid treaties; since 2006 works in Private International Law Department, in 2009 became its Head. Public officer of the 7th rank.

Areas of specialization: private international law, cooperation with the Hague Conference on Private International Law, performance of Convention of 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Children Abduction and other child protection treaties.

Author of publications on implementation of the Hague conventions and ratification of new international instruments, including:

— Konventsiya o jurisdiktsii, primenimom prave, priznanii, ispolnenii i sotrudnichestve v otnoshenii roditelskoy otvetstvennotsi i mer po zashite detey: osnovnie polozheniya i sferi primeneniya, Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice Bulletin, No 9 (131)/2012;

— Perspektivi i posledstviya podpisaniya Ukrainoy Konvenstii o soglasheniyakh o vibore suda, Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice Bulletin, No 6 (128)/2012;

— Opyt ispolzovaniya Ministerstvom Ukraini Kovnentsii o grazhdansko-prarovykh aspektakh mezhdunarodnogo pokhisheniya detey 1980 goda i praktika rassmotreniya takih del sudami Ukraini, Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice Bulletin, Nos 8-9/2011;

— Printsipi i polozheniya Evropeyskoy konventsii ob usinovlenii detey (peresmotrennoy), Yudricheskaya gazeta, April 12, 2011 No 15 (278);

— Primeneniye Konventsii o grazhdansko-pravovikh aspektakh mezhdunarodnogo pokhisheniya detey. Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice Bulletin No 6/2011;

— Zashita prav detey v Ukraine s uchetom mezhdunarodnikh dogovorov v sfere semeynogo prava, Yudricheskiy zhurnal No 3/2009;

— Novaya Gaagskaya konventsiya o mezhdunarodnom vzyskanii alimentov na detey.

Ms Snezhko has been awarded with honorary certificates by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and Ministry of Family Affairs, Youth and Sport of Ukraine.

Hans van Loon

Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law


Johannes Hendrik Albert (Hans) van Loon was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on 15 April 1948. He is married to Caroline H. (Carola) Engels; they have two daughters and a son.

Hans van Loon has been the Hague Conference’s Secretary General since 30 June 1996 and steered the Organisation during a time of global expansion and transformation.

He studied law and sociology at the University of Utrecht, and international law and international relations at the University of Leiden and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1966-1973). Following a traineeship with the Council of Europe (European Commission of Human Rights), he was admitted to the Bar in The Hague and practiced law with the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, acting also before the European Court of Human Rights (case of Winterwerp v. The Netherlands, 1979, 1981). He was an Honorary Secretary of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Branch of the International Law Association (1977-1986).

He joined the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on 15 September 1978, combining his international functions until 1996 with those of Executive Secretary of the Netherlands Standing Government Committee on Private International Law, where he initiated, and was responsible for, the scientific organisation of the Committee’s work on the codification of private international law in the Netherlands (which would ultimately lead to Book 10 Civil Code). He also was a Substitute Judge in the Hague District Court (1984-1996).

He contributed to the development of the following international Conventions within the Hague Conference:

Convention of 25 October 1980 on International Access to Justice

Convention of 1 July 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition

Convention of 22 December 1986 on the Law Applicable to Contracts for the International Sale of Goods;

Convention of 1 August 1989 on the Law Applicable to Succession to the Estates of Deceased Persons;

Convention of 19 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (which he initiated)

Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children;

Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults;

Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary;

Revision of the Statue of the Hague Conference (effective 1 January 2007);

Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance;

Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations

He taught at the Hague Academy of International Law (Summer 1993, Seminar for Advanced Studies 2012), at its external programs in San Jose (Costa Rica, 1995) and Abu Dhabi (UAE, 2010), the XXXIIth Session of the OAS Course on International Law (Rio de Janeiro, 2005), and at the University of Florida (Fall 1988). He lectured on the Hague Conference and its work at universities and academic institutions worldwide, and (co-) organised numerous international symposia concerning subject matters of (private) international law with other intergovernmental organisations, governments, and academic institutions, including on subjects such as the outlook for private international law after the fall of the Berlin Wall, damage to the environment, human rights, Islamic law, transfrontier family relations across the Mediterranean and beyond, registered partnerships, Internet and E-commerce.

He has widely published on numerous topics of private international law. He is a doctor honoris causa of the University of Osnabruck (Germany, 2001).

He was an expert consultant to the Governments of Costa Rica, Romania, Albania, Guatemala and Cambodia, as well as to the Senate of Paraguay, and to other international organisations (UNICEF, UNHCR), concerning international legal co-operation, in particular concerning Hague Conventions.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International (2009). He has been a Member of the European Group of Private International Law since its inception (1991), and is an honorary Member of the Associacion Americana de Derecho Internacional Privado (ASADIP, 2007).