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The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“the Hague Convention”) is an international treaty which seeks the immediate return of children to the country of their “habitual residence” (a term of art under the treaty) when they have been wrongfully removed from that country or wrongfully retained in another country.

Ms. Amado has represented a number of clients in Hague Convention appeals and has been part of trial teams litigating the issues of wrongful removal or wrongful retention. Along with Adair Dyer, a principal author of the Hague Convention, Ms. Amado co-authored a chapter on Hague Convention procedures in American courts in International Kidnapping: The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, edited by Louis Garb (2006, Koninklijke Brill NV). In addition, Ms. Amado has lectured for the California State Bar and American Bar Association on the Hague Convention.

You may listen to Ms. Amado’s argument on the issue of wrongful retention under the Hague Convention in Cárdenas v. Alcantar (Court of Appeal case number 3d Civ. C-071984), argued on February 24, 2014 here.

To speak with Ms. Amado or to make an appointment to see her regarding your client’s Hague Convention case and possible assistance or appellate representation, please contact her at 310- 550-8214.