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Global Mondays-Japan and The Hague Convention Concerning the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
William H. Gates Hall
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Law Through Global Eyes Lecture
Hosted by the Asian Law Center
"Abducted Children, Japanese Law and Domestic and International Politics"
Visiting Professor Carl Goodman
Japan's export oriented economy has resulted in "transnational" marriages that in turn have resulted in transnational divorce and in some cases, Japanese spouses (typically women) have "escaped" with their children to Japan, even where the foreign national court with jurisdiction over the marriage and the children has awarded custody and/or visitation to the non-Japanese spouse. These abducted children have presented domestic and international issues for Japan as the foreign spouse and their governments have sought (unsuccessfully) return. Professor Carl F. Goodman discusses how Japanese law impacts custody, visitation and return and considers complications, both domestic and international, that may arise under pending domestic legislation that could pave the way for Japan's accession to The Hague Convention Concerning the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.