In January, we received The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: a Guide for Judges through the Federal Library Depository Program.  The 1980 Convention is a treaty that governs the return of children who have been taken across international borders. This most commonly happens when one parent relocates with the child to another country. It is the only international remedy that compels the return of an abducted child.

A case under this convention is not considered a child custody case but rather a provisional remedy. The treaty was entered into force in the U.S. in 1988. Since then, there have been 150 appellate decisions and 3 U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving the Convention.  The guide is designed to help federal and state judges handle proceedings dealing with the 1980 Convention. You can find this book at our Downtown branch.