Protection of Children (Hague Convention) Act 2000

Interpretation of Convention.


5.—(1) Judicial notice shall be taken of relevant judgments of courts of other contracting states concerning provisions of the Convention and a court shall, when applying and interpreting its provisions, pay due account to the principles laid down by those judgments.

(2) Judicial notice shall also be taken of the report by Professor Paul Lagarde on the Convention, a copy of which has been placed in the Oireachtas Library, and that report may be considered by any court when interpreting any provision of the Convention and shall be given such weight as is appropriate in the circumstances.