Domestic Violence and International Child Abduction at the Border of Canadian Family and Refugee Law
(2018) 29 Journal of Law and Social Policy 114.
20 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2018
Date Written: October 28, 2018
This article explores the problematic interaction of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction with refugee law in Canada, particularly where domestic violence by the left-behind parent is alleged. It discusses how Canadian family courts, primarily in Ontario, have treated concurrent refugee claims when deciding Hague Convention applications. As well, it explores the operation of international child abduction law in Canadian refugee determinations where domestic violence is alleged. The article concludes by offering suggestions about legal and policy changes which could help reduce the unfair burden the interaction of these legal regimes places on family members fleeing domestic violence.
Keywords: Refugee; Domestic Violence; International Law; Hague Convention; Family Law
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