European Convention on the repatriation of minors

(ETS No. 071)

Open for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe, in The Hague, on 28 May 1970.

Entry into force : The Convention will enter into force after the deposit of the third instrument of ratification.

Summary of the treaty

This Convention shall apply to minors in the territory of a Contracting State whose repatriation is requested by another Contracting State for one of the following reasons:

a. the presence of the minor in the territory of the requested State is against the will of the person or persons having parental authority in respect of him;

b. the presence of the minor in the territory of the requested State is incompatible with a measure of protection or re-education taken in respect of him by the competent authorities of the requesting State;

c. the presence of the minor is necessary in the territory of the requesting State because of the institution of proceedings there with a view to taking measures of protection and re-education in respect of him.

This Convention shall also apply to the repatriation of minors whose presence in its territory a Contracting State deems to be incompatible with its own interests or with the interests of the minors concerned, provided that its legislation authorises removal of the minor from its territory.