Transnational Hindu Law Adoptions: Recognition and Treatment in Britain
International Journal of Law in Context, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2009
Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14/2009
28 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2009
Date Written: March, 23 2009
This article examines how the adoption of children under Hindu law in India is regarded by British private international law and immigration law. Through an analysis of case law, it focuses particularly on how British judges regard the legitimacy of exclusion by the British immigration control system of children who have been adopted under a 'foreign' legal system which essentially permits private adoption arrangements. Examining the background to the regime of Indian Hindu law adoptions (which applies to Sikhs as well as Hindus), and the private international law and immigration rules which apply to such adoptees in the UK, the article finds some evidence in the judicial decisions of a more activist, human-rights-based, plurality-conscious position being taken. However, tracking the case law further, the article concludes that such activism has not been followed through in more recent decisions leaving the conflictual position between transnational adopters and British legal systems largely unresolved.
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