Taken: International Child Kidnapping Cases Under the Hague Convention

August 20, 2013

Disclaimer: This course DOES NOT feature Liam Neeson in the role of superman parent hell-bent on recovering his daughter for a third time, or second, I don’t know I never watched the second movie.

But, theatrics, stunt-doubles and mid-grade cinematography (I’m a tough critic) aside, kidnappings do happen.  What’s more, as in the quite popular Neeson movies, when kidnappings do occur, they on occasion occur across national boundaries.

What’s fascinating, to me at least, is that many of these kidnappings are not quite as hostile as they’re portrayed as in the movies. Take for example, the scenario to be highlighted in Patrick Stiehm’sTaken: International Child Kidnapping Cases under the Hague Convention,” course. In this course, Stiehm discusses what happens when one parent decides to kidnap their own child, removing that child from their home and home country, and winding up overseas, here in America.

An experienced lawyer might know how and be ready to respond, in this case. But if this is your first time getting that call from Ireland from a mother whose former spouse kidnapped their child and escaped with them to your cozy little American hamlet... well, that might make you say “uhhhhh.”

What a crazy scenario. Where would you begin?? Sometimes you watch a program to supplement your knowledge and sometimes you watch one to hear a varied perspective. This program is the third type – that in which you enter scratching your head and you leave knowing something entirely new.

Of course, here at Lawline we aim to stay current. One would always hope that there are no kidnappings to stay current with but the solemn truth is that kidnapping has been all over the news. There’s the story of Charles Ramsey and the McDonalds fueled kidnap rescue.

There’s Hannah Anderson story which is slowly unraveling as the teen has returned and settled back home.

And then there’s this: a fantastic CLE course on the subject, intent on assisting attorneys prepare for an uncommon yet grave situation, and the subsequent, requisite navigation of the complicated yet crucial Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.text&cid=24)

So check it out, because if Liam Neeson had been a well-prepared attorney, he likely could have avoided all the crazy shenanigans that ensued!


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