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The Convention of the Rights of the Child and The Hague Conventions

Dr. Hans van Loon, Secretary General Hague Conference on Private International Law

The interplay between the crc and the hague conventions on child protection, against the backdrop of globalisaton
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is probably the most well-known multilateral legal instrument protecting the rights of children throughout the world. It alone, however, leaves gaps in the global system of child protection, despite its many provisions requiring States Parties to promote, conclude, accede and comply with other complementary international instruments, including many of the Hague Conventions such as the Convention on Child Abduction, on Child Protection, on Intercountry Adoption, and on the International Recovery of Child support and Other Forms of Maintenance Obligations and its Protocol. These private international law instruments have therefore proven to be essential in their own right, as they have not only been used to support the work of the Committee overseeing compliance with the CRC and organizations such as UNICEF, but have also served as an important independent mechanism to ensure the protection of children by States that have not yet joined the CRC. Both the CRC and the Hague Conventions have therefore been essential in the development of the current global child protection regime.

Dr. Hans van Loon, Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International law (HCCH)

Dr. Hans van Loon, Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International law (HCCH)

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