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Brief Bank

Brief Bank for the Hague Domestic Violence Project

Attorneys tasked with briefing a matter involving a petition for removal under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction that involves domestic violence must first get a grasp on the laws involved, which can include state and federal law, and international conventions. The Hague Domestic Violence Project is actively gathering briefs and other resources from attorneys who have handled international child abduction cases involving domestic violence who wish to contribute to the body of law in this practice area.

For more information on Hague Convention cases involving domestic violence, we also provide lawyer narratives, legal and social science research, and country-specific research, as well as resources for mothers, among other resources.

Submission of Briefs

If you are an attorney who has represented a parent involved in a Hague Convention proceeding and would like to contribute a brief to the Hague Domestic Violence Project brief bank, please contact us.

Using the Hague Domestic Violence Project Brief Bank

Briefs in the brief bank have been voluntarily submitted by attorneys handling Hague Convention cases involving domestic abuse. These briefs do not constitute legal advice on international child abduction involving domestic abuse. Rather, the briefs should serve to enhance an attorney's understanding of the complexity of issues involved in an international child abduction case involving domestic abuse. The listing of a brief below does not imply an endorsement by The Hague Domestic Violence Project or its funders.

Briefs by State

Many briefs will contain valuable information on the Hague Convention and processes in an international abduction case even if your jurisdiction is not represented in the brief bank. We will continue to update this database as we receive new briefs.


District Court Brief

Appeals Court Brief

Appeals Court Decision


First Brief (including 13b defense)

Reply Brief (including 13b defense)

New Jersey:

Adan v. Adan Amicus Brief

New Jersey StarLedger news article on Adan verdict

New York:

NOW Legal Defense Fund Amicus Brief in Blondin case

Appeals Court Briefs filed in the Amer case First, Second and Third