Forum Questions - Hague Convention

 Yes - but only in relation to alleged wrongful removal or wrongful retention of minors between the two countries from 1.4.2014 and thereafter. Japan has only recently become a Hague Country, and the Convention is in effect between Israel and Japan only in relation to alleged child abduction or or after this date. Alleged child abduction between Israel and Japan prior to this is not covered by the convention.

Firstly, its full name is the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980. It is a treaty binding over 60 different countries in the world designed to deal with abduction of children between them quickly – and return them to their home country as soon as possible, save for in exceptional situations.

Yes, providing the other country involved is also bound by it.

Yes, because these countries are bound by the Hague Convention, which also covers abductions between these countries and Israel in the other direction.

Most of them, but not if the abductions involve Bolivia or Paraguay.

Possibly, as many of these states are bound by the Convention, vis a vis abductions from Israel, including Ukraine,whose accession to the Hague Convention came into force in 2007. The Russian Federation finally acceded to the Hague Convention in 2011,  Israel accepted its accession, on 21.12.2011, and it came into force for abductions between the two states on 1.3.2012. Accordingly, Hague Convention proceedings can be used if the abduction from Israel to Russia took place on or after 1.3.2012.

No. None of the Israel's neighbouring Arab states are signatories to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The concept of parental authority and rights under Islamic law is very different from the guiding principles behind the Convention. 

The only Arab state  bound by the Hague Convention is Morocco, though it is not a close neighbour. It became a Hague Country in 2010. The Hague Convention is in force regarding child abduction between Israel and Morocco, as of 1.6.2010.

Only Morocco. Israel accepted Morocco's accession to the Hague Convention in 2010. The Hague Convention came into force regarding abductions between Israel and Morocco taking place on 1.6.2010.

In this case the Convention will not apply, and the 'left-behind' parent will have to bring an action for the child's return in the country to which he/she has been abducted.


It should not, as the case will be heard by a civil court, the appropriate family court, and the principle governing the plea are those of the Hague Convention, which are not related to religion at all.

Yes, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction covers abductions between Israel and Australia, which have both ratified it.  

Hague Convention Countries

The “Hague” countries that are bound by the Convention in relation to abductions to and from Israel are:

Andorra | Argentina | Australia | Austria | The Bahamas | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Burkina Faso | Canada | Cayman Islands | Chile | China | (Hong Kong & Macau) | Colombia | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Estonia | Falkland Islands | Fiji | Finland | France | Gabon | Georgia | Germany | Greece | Honduras | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Macedonia | Malta | Mauritius | Mexico | Monaco | Moldova | Morocco | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nicaragua | Norway | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | St Kitts and Nevis | Serbia and Montenegro  | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | Turkmenistan | United Kingdom | United States of America | Ukraine | Uruguay | Uzbekistan | Venezuela | Zimbabwe

New countries may join the Convention in the future so that it applies to abductions between them and Israel, if Israel accepts their accession.