The results of a Cardiff University study on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction raises concerns about the treaty’s overall performance, BBC reports. Cardiff University Professor Nigel Lowe expressed particular concern over delayed adjudications of cases brought under the treaty, saying “The finding that they are taking longer to be dealt with for me is a worrying one and one that I wish to see addressed.” Article I of the treaty states as its objective securing the “prompt return of children,” and Article XI directs that cases be adjudicated within six weeks after a court proceeding is initiated. But, in practice, some countries’ courts take months or even years to dispose of a case. First Secretary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Professor Louise Ellen Teitz, points out that the Conference relies upon the Convention’s 87 member states to carry out their treaty obligations: “I think one has to acknowledge that the convention is not perfect and it isn’t implemented perfectly everywhere,” Teitz told the BBC, “There are more cases and fewer resources.”
READ MORE: Warnings over abduction treaty, By Jon Douglas, BBC (July 22, 2012).