2022 Intensive: International child abduction and the Hague Convention

The 2022 CPD Intensive Series: International child abduction and the Hague Convention

In situations where international parental child abduction has occurred, the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a piece of international law that can be used by parents to seek the return of their children to Australia. In this seminar, the Law Society’s International Law Committee presents an expert panel discussing the confronting issue of international child abduction, and how the Convention works in practice in Australian courts. 

Facilitator: Debra Parker, Founding Director, Parker Coles Curtis 

Debra is a highly regarded family lawyer in the ACT and surrounding region with many years of experience. Debra is considered an expert in family law and she is the only family lawyer in Canberra with NSW Law Society Specialist Accreditation in the two areas of Family Law and Dispute Resolution. She is also a qualified mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. Debra is a member of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers. She currently chairs the ACT Law Society’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and sits on the International Law Committee. She was appointed a partner of a long-established law firm in Canberra at a very young age and undertook a 10-year appointment as a Judicial Registrar at the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. More recently, Debra commenced her own family law firm “Parker Coles Curtis”. Debra made the Australasian Law exclusive list of top 50 ‘Elite Women’ in Australia last year; she was a national finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards and she has been ranked by Doyle’s as a ‘Preeminent’ Mediator and a ‘Leading’ Family Lawyer in the ACT. 

Gavin Howard 

Gavin was called to the Bar in 2010 having been admitted as a solicitor in 1993. He has practiced exclusively in family law since 1995. Prior to being admitted as a solicitor, Gavin was a Clerk of the Local Court in regional NSW (Tumut and Tumbarumba) and was also a coroner in those areas. Gavin is chair of the ACT Bar Association’s Family Law Committee, the Bar’s representative on the Law Society’s Family Law Committee, and a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the ACT Law Society. Gavin has presented regularly on family law and ethics topics.  

Amanda Lilley, Principal Legal Officer, Attorney-General's Department

Amanda Lilley is a Principal Legal Officer with the Attorney-General’s Department where she is one of the two Co‑Directors of the Australian Central Authority for the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and 1996 Child Protection Convention. She has been with the Attorney-General’s Department, involved in various aspects of both international and domestic family law, since 1994. Amanda has worked on an extensive range of legislative, policy and case work issues for the Department, including undertaking some of the early work associated with Australia’s implementation of the 1996 Child Protection Convention. Amanda is passionate about international children’s issues and, with the hard-working Australian Central Authority team, about fulfilling Australia’s obligations under the 1980 and 1996 Conventions.


  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD points in core area 4
  • This event was recorded at The 2022 CPD Intensive Series, held on Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9 2022
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2022.
  • Online tickets: $44


Webinar ticket $44.00(GST incl.) Register



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