ISSUES IN FAMILY LAW: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE HAGUE CONVENTION ON THE CIVIL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTION

ISSUES IN FAMILY LAW: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE HAGUE CONVENTION ON THE CIVIL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTION

By Michael T. Moran

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was ratified and implemented by numerous Contracting States without providing an exception for victims fleeing their households as a result of domestic violence. Moreover, the Convention’s exceptions have been narrowly construed and typically prevent the child’s return to the original country of residence only if domestic violence was perpetrated against the child. However, in light of the rising number of mothers absconding from the marital home with their children to foreign jurisdictions to avoid further domestic violence against herself or her children, the Convention should be interpreted to afford respondents more opportunity to proffer evidence of domestic abuse in front of the Convention court.

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We're Building A Wall And You're Paying For It: A Discussion Of United Nations Territorial Sovereignty Principles

We're Building A Wall And You're Paying For It: A Discussion Of United Nations Territorial Sovereignty Principles

By: Michael T. Moran.

The U.S. presidential election was dominated by claims that then-Candidate Trump would build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico without spending U.S. taxpayer dollars. International law, specifically Article 24 of the United Nations, has been infrequently discussed in regards to this issue.

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Lukashenko’s Monopoly: Media Freedoms In The “Last Dictatorship In Europe” In The Internet Age

Lukashenko’s Monopoly: Media Freedoms In The “Last Dictatorship In Europe” In The Internet Age

By: Michael T. Moran.

Since 1994, the Belarusian government—headed by President Alexander Lukashenko—has systematically repressed viable political opposition. Lukashenko has consolidated political power by curbing media freedoms and the dissemination of information deemed detrimental to the regime. However, the inception of the Internet has provided alternative channels of information collection, which in turn has emboldened Belarusian citizens to question and confront the status quo. In early 2017, however, planned peaceful protests throughout Belarusian urban centers opposing the Lukashenko regime were met with violent backlash from police forces.

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