The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

You can read the text of the Convention on the website of the HCCH, the Hague Conference on International Private Law. Read the full text of the Convention in English or in one of the available translations.

The HCCH website also shows:

  • a status table with all contracting States
  • a spreadsheet showing acceptances of accessions to the Child Abduction Convention
  • country profiles
  • information about mediation
  • the Guides to Good Practice
  • statistics about applications
  • bilateral agreements on child abduction