programme of LEPCA I

Please note that this is the former programme of the conference of LEPCA I, which was held in May 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Here you can find the provisional programme.

 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014
18:00 - 20:00
Welcome reception
Sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice
Thursday, 8 May 2014
08:30 - 09:30
Conference registration and coffee
09:30 - 09:45
Opening of the conference
Ms Els Prins, general manager International Child Abduction Center (the Netherlands)
Mr Paul Vlaardingerbroek, chair of the board International Child Abduction Center (the Netherlands)
09:30 - 09:45
Opening of the conference
09:45 - 10.00
Welcome speech
Mr Fred Teeven, State Secretary of Security and Justice the Netherlands (the Netherlands)
10:00 - 10.45
Hague Conference on Private International Law (HccH)
Mr Christophe Bernasconi, the Secretary General HccH (Switzerland)
10:45 - 11:30
European Commission
Ms Joanna Serdynska, European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice (Belgium)
11:30 - 12:00
Eurojust
Mr Lo Voi, Eurojust's National Member for Italy and Contact Point for Child Protection (Italy)
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch
13.00 - 15:00
Seminar of choice
1) Case law: discussion of the newest and most important case law
Ms Thalia Kruger, professor University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Ms Karin Verbist, lawyer (Belgium)

2) Application of the grounds of refusal
Ms Sabine Brieger, judge (Germany)
Ms Kerstin Niethammer-Jurgens, lawyer (Germany)

3) The Brussels II bis Regulation in relation to the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention
Mr Ian Curry-Sumner, specialist private international law (the Netherlands)
4) Liaison judges: their role in the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention cases
Mr Francisco Javier Foracada Miranda, legal advisor Spanish Ministry of Justice and judge (Spain)
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00
Seminar of choice
5) The practical challenges of the enforcement of return orders
Mrs Annegret Katzenstein, President of the 2nd civil chamber of Zurich Superior Court (Switzerland)
Mr David Urwyler, Head of the Central Authority Switzerland (Switzerland)
6) Interaction between criminal law and civil law in international parental child abduction cases
Mr Dirk de Waele, Attorney General Court of Appeal Antwerp (Belgium)
7) The 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention: what can it do for you?
Mr Nigel Lowe, professor Cardiff Law School (United Kingdom)
8) The voice of the child in the 1980 Hague Convention proceedings
Mr Eberhard Carl, judge (Germany)
Mr Michael Karle, psychologist and child psychiatrist (Germany)


19:00 - 21:30
Conference dinner, hosted by the City of The Hague
Welcome address by Mr Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of the City of The Hague (the Netherlands)
Friday, 9 May 2014
08:30 - 09:00
Walk in / registration if necessary
09:00 - 10:30
Cross border family mediation in practice
Mr Christoph Paul, lawyer - notary - mediator (Germany)
Ms Anke Loebel, lawyer – mediator (Germany)
Ms Sandra Fenn, mediator (United Kingdom)
Ms Katharina Kriegel-Schmidt, mediator - research fellow (Germany)
10:30 - 11:00
Article 11 Brussel II bis
Mr Milos Hatapka, Director of Private International Law Division Ministry of Justice Slovakia (Slovakia)
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00
Seminar of choice
9) Could this be a case for mediation? Mediation and abduction: what lawyers need to know and never dared to ask
Mr Christoph Paul, lawyer - notary - mediator (Germany)
Ms Sybille Kiesewetter, psychologist – mediator (Germany)

10) The timing of the 1980 Hague Convention proceedings
Mr Nigel Lowe, professor Cardiff Law School (United Kingdom)
11) Relocation
The Rt. Hon. Sir Mathew Thorpe, former judge (United Kingdom)
12) The role of the Central Authority
Mr Agris Skudra, Head of Children Affairs Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia (Latvia)
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14.00 - 15.30
Seminar of choice (Repeated seminars)
13) Application of the grounds of refusal
Ms Sabine Brieger, judge (Germany)
Ms Kerstin Niethammer-Jurgens, lawyer (Germany)

14) Relocation
The Rt. Hon. Sir Mathew Thorpe, former judge (United Kingdom)
15) Case law: discussion of the newest and most important case law
Ms Thalia Kruger, professor University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Ms Karin Verbist, lawyer (Belgium)

16) The Brussels II bis Regulation in relation to the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention
Mr Ian Curry-Sumner, specialist private international law (the Netherlands)
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00
Conclusions and recommendations are shared and floor open for discussion
Mr Francisco Javier Forcada Miranda, chair Advisory Board LEPCA (Spain)
17:00 - 18:00
Farewell reception
Saturday, 10 May 2014 (optional)
09:00 - 12:00
The future: establish a platform of specialised lawyers


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