Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday Review: A couple more things...

Just a couple of things to report on a quiet start to the family law week:

The tenth annual Grant Thornton survey of UK family lawyers was published yesterday. I'm not entirely convinced of the value of a survey that canvasses the opinions of just 85 of the UK’s "leading family lawyers", whatever that means. I don't know how many family lawyers there are in the UK, but Resolution, which only covers England and Wales, has 6,500 members alone, so 85 is an extremely small selection, probably less than 1% of the total. Anyhow, if you would like to know what the elite 85 have to say about the current trends in family law, you can read the survey, here.

Meanwhile, Family Law Week reports that last Friday Japan signed and ratified the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention, which will enter into force for Japan on the 1st of April. Obviously, this is to be welcomed. However, there are many who fear that little will change unless Japan's domestic laws are addressed, as mentioned in this post on International Family Law. Certainly, it appears from that post that Japanese law and culture are incompatible with the Convention, and it is difficult to see the Convention operating as it should in Japan. It is suggested that Japan only signed under pressure from the USA, and that only continued pressure will ensure at least partial compliance.

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