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Mainstreaming Gender into European Family Law? The Case of International Child Abduction and Brussels II Revised


Ruth Lamont


Liverpool Law School


European Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 366-384, 2011

Abstract:     
Gender mainstreaming is an EU policy tool encouraging equality between men and women by incorporating gender concerns into the formation of EU law. The EU has intervened in private international family law, an area where concerns over gender equality may be present. Child abduction, which is regulated by the Brussels II Revised Regulation, is an aspect of international family law where issues of gender have been highlighted. Women are predominantly the abductors of their children and may abduct a child to escape a violent relationship. These factors were in evidence in the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention and an effective gender mainstreaming strategy should promote discussion to address these concerns. By examining the proposals for Brussels II Revised, this article will demonstrate that the gendered nature of child abduction was not clearly addressed in the development of the legislation and questions how mainstreaming can be effective as an aspect of the legislative process.

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Date posted: April 21, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Lamont, Ruth, Mainstreaming Gender into European Family Law? The Case of International Child Abduction and Brussels II Revised. European Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 366-384, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1817163 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0386.2011.00555.x

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Ruth Lamont (Contact Author)
Liverpool Law School ( email )
Liverpool, L69 7ZA
United Kingdom
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