reunite intervenes in an appeal case in the Court of Appeal.
reunite recently intervened in an appeal case in the Court of Appeal which raised a significant issue of public importance.
The Court of Appeal was being asked to consider the impact of recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and whether these decisions had the effect of “lowering the bar” in cases involving grave risk of harm to the abducted child if a return is ordered (defence under Article 13 (b)).
reunite was given leave to intervene in the appeal and our legal representatives, Liz Dronfield of Bindman Solicitors, with counsel Richard Harrison of 1 King´s Bench Walk, successfully argued on reunite´s behalf that lowering the threshold would undermine the policy and objectives of the Hague Convention, which include the deterrence of child abduction and the prompt return of an abducted child to the country of his or her habitual residence, and would also be contrary to the interests of children generally.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the appeal was dismissed.
We extend our thanks to Bindman Solicitors and 1 King´s Bench Walk for representing reunite on a pro bono basis.