6.3. Protection of Children's Rights in Cross-Border Family Conflicts

Thursday, May 20
17:00 - 18:00

Channel 4
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Track: 6. International Law. International Justice
Discussion session

The growing scale of migration processes has resulted in an increase in mixed marriages and, therefore, in the number of children one of whose parents is a foreign citizen and/or resident, which, in turn, has driven up the number of cross-border disputes involving children.

The session will provide an opportunity to address issues related to protecting children’s rights in relevant transborder disputes. In particular, the agenda includes cooperation issues pertaining to the implementation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions.

In this area, Russia and France have collaborated on a remarkably efficient and innovative cooperation model in the form of the Russian-French Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights in Family Conflicts, which has the capacity to discuss varied cases under consideration and facilitate information exchange with the purpose of their resolution.

Discussion items:

  • Enforcing the child’s right to maintain contact with both parents in cross-border conflicts
  • International cooperation as a guarantee of children’s rights and the implementation of the Hague 'child' conventions
  • Principle 6 of the 1959 UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and today’s reality
  • Criminal liability for child abduction in the context of the 1980 Hague Convention application.

Moderator

Nataliya Trigoubovitch

Head of the Department of Family Law and Inheritance Law, The Private Law Research Centre under the President of the Russian Federation named after S.S. Alekseev

Biography

Head of the Department of Family Law and Inheritance Law Legislation at the Sergei Alexeev Private Law Research Centre under the President of the Russian Federation, Candidate of Legal Sciences, Docent, member of the Russian-French Intergovernmental Commission for the Protection of Children in Family Conflicts.

Education: Institute of Justice of the Saratov State Academy of Law (1994), postgraduate department at the Saratov State Academy of Law (1999).

Professional experience:

2007 — 2009 – Counsellor to the Apparatus of the State Duma Committee on the Issues of Family, Women and Children;

2010 — 2012 – Counsellor to and deputy head of the Department of Administrative Support of the Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights at the Apparatus of the Civic Chamber of Russia;

2013 — present – Expert and head of department at the Sergei Alexeev Private Law Research Centre under the President of the Russian Federation.

Participant of research programmes at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome, Italy, 2001, and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (ISDC), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2004.

Recognition: certificate of acknowledgement from the Head of Apparatus of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2009), Presidential Certificate of Acknowledgement (2014).

Area of professional interest: family law, international family law, children's rights

Key publications: has authored over 50 academic and research-and-practice publications.

Speakers

Anne Dupuy

Family Judge, First Vice-President, Head of the Family Section, Tribunal Judiciaire (Paris)

Biography

2019 until present – Family Judge - First Deputy Chief Justice - Chief of Family Section, Paris Tribunal (France)

2015 — 2019 – Adviser to the Paris Court of Appeal (France)

2010 — 2015 – Family Judge - Deputy Chief Justice of Paris Tribunal of Grand Instance (France)

2005 — 2010 – Juvenile Justice - Deputy Chief Justice of Bobigny Juvenile Court (France)

2003 — 2005 – Juvenile Justice, Bobigny Juvenile Court (France)

1998 — 2003 – Deputy Director, Bureau of Legislation and Legal Matters, Ministry of Justice, French Republic

1995 — 1998 – Substitute Judge, Rouen Court of Appeal (France)

1993 — 1995 – Trainee Judge (France)

Education and training:

1993 – French National School for the Judiciary (ENM)

1990 – Master of Political Science, Institute of Political Studies (IEP), Paris (France)

1988 – Master of Laws, Paris University 2, Paris (France)

Tania Jewczuk

Head of the Department of Judicial Cooperation, European and Private International Law, Ministry of Justice of France

Biography

Head of the Department of Judicial Cooperation, European and Private International Law (French Central Authority), Ministry of Justice

Appointed magistrate in 2007, Tania Jewczuk started as a judge and in particular as a family judge at the District Court of Paris where she was specialized in international disputes. Then she joined the Ministry of Justice, she was in charge of international child abduction and then the protection of children, family and personnal law. Seconded to the French National School for the Judiciary in 2017, she was a Project Manager and then interim Deputy Director, Head of the International Department. Since September 2020, she is the Head of the Department of Judicial Cooperation, European and Private Law of the French Ministry of Justice.

Olga Khazova

Leading scholar, Private Law Research Centre under the President of the Russian Federation named after S.S. Alekseev

Biography

Leading scholar at the Family and Inheritance Law Department of the Private Law Research Centre named after S.S. Alekseev under the President of the Russian Federation; she is Associate Professor and holds PhD (in Law) from the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences RAS) and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Cornell Law School (USA). Until July 2018, she had been working at the Institute of State and Law of the RAS for over 30 years. Currently she also teaches at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and the Higher School of Economics.

Olga’s main area of scholarly interest is international/comparative family law. In addition to her teaching and research, Olga has consulted on issues of marriage and divorce, property relations between spouses, parent-child relations, child protection issues, international child abduction, and legal issues related to assisted reproduction. She is a regular speaker at international congresses, conferences and seminars dedicated to family law and child rights issues. Author of more than 100 publications.

For 8 years, Olga served as a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2013 – February 2021). She is a Vice-President of the International Society of Family Law (ISFL) and a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).

Richard Sedillot

Attorney at Law

Biography

Former vice-president of the International commission of the French National Bar Council.

His office mainly deals with private international law cases, including international child abduction cases.

He is regularly consulted by international institutions such as the UN or the Council of Europe.


* The Programme may be subject to change