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International Laws and Disputes

How can international law be used to resolve disputes? Should countries recognize the Hague Abduction Convention and International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act above the rights of its own citizens?

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First, it is helpful to distinguish between the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act 1993 (IPKCA) and Hague Abduction Convention.

The IPKCA is a United States federal law signed as Public Law 103-322 by President Bill Clinton on September 2, 1993. The IPCKA makes it a federal crime to remove a child from the U.S.A. or to keep a child who is a citizen of the U.S.A. in another crime with the intent to obstruct custodial rights. 18 U.S.C. ยง 1204.

The Hague Abduction Convention, on the other hand, is international law. It applies to parents and children who originate from a country that is a party to the Hague Convention. Specifically, twenty-three countries drafted the treaty on child abduction in 1976 at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. United States State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Possible Solutions - Using ...

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Discusses international law from the standpoint of child kidnapping policies.