Intercountry Adoption: A Swiss Perspective

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2014-07-30

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University of Cape Town

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After some introductory comments the paper first looks at the history and evolution of intercountry adoption and then considers possible risks and abuses in the process in the second part. The third part explores international legislation and procedural guidelines governing the practice of intercountry adoptions, beginning with the respective declarations and international instruments and in particular looking at the principles set out in the CRC and the Hague Convention. The way the international law in question is implemented by states is addressed primarily by using Swiss national law as an example in the fourth part of the paper, touching on questions of prevention and control. By assessing the effects of international and national legislation on the practice of intercountry adoption the paper finally tries to reach a conclusion on the contested issue of intercountry adoption especially from a Swiss perspective.
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