Conference on Mediation in Cases of International Family Conflict and Child Abduction

Monday, 20 May 2013

Pictured, left to right: Dr. Mohamed M Keshavjee, Carmel Savage, Judge Eberhard Carl (retd.), Sabine Walsh, Prof. Donncha O'Connell, Hilde Demarre, Mr. Justice Henry Abbott & Lughaidh Kerin.
Pictured, left to right: Dr. Mohamed M Keshavjee, Carmel Savage, Judge Eberhard Carl (retd.), Sabine Walsh, Prof. Donncha O'Connell, Hilde Demarre, Mr. Justice Henry Abbott & Lughaidh Kerin.

The School of Law and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway held a Conference on Mediation in Cases of International Family Conflict and Child Abduction in in association with The Irish Centre for International Family Mediation on 18 May 2013. Irish and international speakers and experts in the field and representatives of the EU Network of International Family Mediators addressed the Conference.
 
The conference was opened by His Honour Mr. Justice Henry Abbott, and chaired by Prof. Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law (NUIG).Prof. Patrick  Dolan, UNESCO Chair and Director Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway gave some preliminary remarks for the Child’s perspective on the potentially positive effects of mediation. Presentations were given by Hilde Demarré, Project Manager, Child Focus, Brussels, Belgium on 'An Introduction to the concept of International Family Mediation, the Model and EU-NIM'; Judge Eberhard Carl (Retd.) Former Head of the Mediation Section, Federal Ministry of Justice, Berlin, Germany on 'The Judicial perspective on Mediation in International Family cases' and Dr. Mohamed M Keshavjee, BL (Gray’s Inn) International Family Mediator, (Author – Islam, The Sharia and ADR) on 'A Cross Cultural & non-EU perspective'. The Family Mediation Service carried out a demonstration role play of an International Family Mediation. The conference rapporteur was Sabine Walsh, Accredited International Family Mediator, Member EU-NIM,. The moderator and chief organiser was Lughaidh Kerin, Lecturer, School of Law, NUIG.

Keywords: Law.

Author: Lughaidh Kerin, NUI Galway
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