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Moscow, 19-20 October 2006
Seminar organised by the State Duma of the Russian Federation in co-operation with the Council of Europe
Legal framework for adoption: putting childrenís interests first

The Council of Europe has vast experience in the field of family law and in particular as regards questions relating to the adoption of children. Its 1967 Convention on the adoption of children is one of the first international instruments in this area. This Convention is currently being revised and updated in line with the case-law of the ECHR and taking into account social changes over the last 40 years. Furthermore the Council of Europe has adopted an extensive set of non-binding international instruments protecting and respecting the rights of the child in the form of Resolutions and Recommendations.

It was against this backcloth and in the light of recent changes to the Family Code of the Russian Federation that this Seminar was organised.

The adoption of children, in particular international adoption, is a relatively new phenomenon in the Russian Federation and the Russian Federation is now faced with a number of challenges, some of which are particularly complex given the ever-evolving situation.

The aim of the seminar was to bring together international experts on adoption and their Russian counterparts and law makers, to enable them to share their experience and established good practices, with a view to ensuring that national adoption in Russia has the best interests of the child at heart and that its national legislation respects international standards in this field.


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