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Supreme Court to deliver judgment in the case of Re E (children)

Supreme Court to deliver judgment in the case of Re E (children)

The Supreme Court will shortly deliver judgment in the case of Re E (children) in which reunite intervened.

This is one of the most important cases to date about the 1980 Hague Convention on international child abduction. The Supreme Court will consider the extent to which a court can take account of a child’s “best interests” when it decides whether to return the child to the country it has been abducted from.

The Court of Appeal previously accepted reunite’s argument that the Hague Convention is designed to safeguard the interests of children worldwide. It achieves this objective by ensuring that children who have been abducted are promptly returned to their country of habitual residence apart from in exceptional cases. The Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether in future cases there should be a more in depth consideration of the child’s circumstances such that the courts should refuse to make return orders more often.

Alison Shalaby, Chief Administrator and Acting Director of reunite, said:

“Parental child abduction causes real harm to children. The courts do not have a magic wand that can undo that harm. However, in the majority of cases it is in the best interests of an abducted child to be returned speedily to the home country so that the courts there can make decisions about the child´s long-term future.”

reunite was represented in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal by Richard Harrison and Jenny Perrins of 1 King´s Bench Walk Chambers and Liz Dronfield and Elizabeth Cape of Bindmans Solicitors.

For further information please contact Alison Shalaby, Chief Administrator/Acting Director on +44 (0) 116 2555 345 or by email at