January 14, 2013

A public meeting of the Study Group on Family Law was held, under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on January 14, 2013, at the Department of State, Annex 4, South Building, 2430 E Street, NW, Washington DC. The meeting was chaired by a representative of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law recently circulated a questionnaire to Member States on the recognition and enforcement of foreign civil protection orders. The questionnaire is divided into the following parts; (i) domestic civil protection order regimes and types of orders available; (ii) domestic civil protection order enforcement issues; (iii) current domestic rules regarding recognition and enforcement of foreign civil protection orders and establishment of orders by foreigners; (iv) regional and international instruments; (v) civil protection orders in the context of the Hague Abduction Convention and the Hague Child Protection Convention; and (vi) views on a potential future international instrument in the area of civil protection orders.

The Study Group was asked to provide comments on the form and content of any potential future international instrument in the area of civil protection orders.

No matter was resolved. No report was approved.