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reunite welcomes Supreme Court’s guidance in S (A Child)

Judgment reaffirms the clear principles stated by the Supreme Court in re E, says charity

reunite has welcomed the Supreme Court's judgment in S (A Child) [2012] UKSC 10. The charity, which specialises in helping families where there has been a child abduction, was permitted to intervene in the proceedings. In the Supreme Court it was represented by Henry Setright QC of 4 Paper Buildings, Edward Devereux of Harcourt Chambers and Dawson Cornwell on a pro bono basis.

The appeal considered the proper interpretation of Art 13(b) of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 and whether the Court of Appeal had fallen into error when interpreting the Supreme Court's decision in In re E (Children) (Abduction: Custody Appeal) [2011] UKSC 27.

reunite's basis for intervening was to ensure that the Hague Convention is interpreted consistently and that it is applied fairly and effectively. 

Following the judgment, Alison Shalaby, reunite's Acting Director, said:

"We are grateful to the Supreme Court for being given the opportunity to contribute both oral and legal written submissions to this appeal as an independent intervener. We welcome this judgment as reaffirming the clear principles stated in the helpful and important previous decision of the Court in In re E. reunite continues to believe that the 1980 Hague Convention is a remarkably effective international instrument regulating the international movement of children and, where appropriate, preventing or remedying child abduction."