are some of the websites which lawyers access when we need information
about foreign laws and assistance from foreign lawyers. We suggest you
add them to your own database.
INTERNATIONAL AND GENERAL
Babel Fish Translation
Automatic translations of websites and on-line materials. Reasonably
accurate with occasionally amusing results.
Hague Conference on Private International Law
Full text and signatories to all Hague Conventions. Main homepage has
direct link to Child Abduction homepage which includes the Hague Abduction
Convention Guide to Good Practice published in 2003.
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Still the quickest way to find a foreign family lawyer. Exclusive membership
policy means many good family law specialists are not listed. Coverage
in many jurisdictions is nil or very limited.
The International Child Abduction Database
Commentary and judicial decisions on the Hague Abduction Convention.
Link to Hague Conference homepage (see above).
Gives the precise local time in most major cities worldwide. Don’t
wake up your international client with a call in the middle of the night!
United Nations Children’s Fund
Text of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by 192
countries (that is, every country except the USA and Somalia).
World Legal Information Institute
Portal covering many jurisdictions and practice areas, providing access
to statutes, case law and commentary. Provides useful quick link to
sibling LII sites including Australasia, UK, Canada and USA.
of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union
Representative body for national bars and law societies in the EU and
the EEA, covering over 700,000 European lawyers. Links to lawyer organisations
in Europe and worldwide, the main EU institutions and general legal
European Court of Human Rights
Information, judgments, case summaries (including the 14 year-long McDonalds
saga (Steel & Morris v UK).
The European Union
Quick links to EU family law legislation and to case law from the European
Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.
and Irish Legal Information Institute (UK and Ireland)
Sibling portal with worldlii.com, austlii.edu.au, etc. Lots of good
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (England and
Provides counselling, reports and legal representation in relation to
child welfare matters in proceedings arising out of family breakdown
(divorce/separation), care and protection and adoption.
Support Agency (UK)
How the UK’s offspring of the Australian original operates. Calculate
UK child support online.
Department of Constitutional Affairs (England and Wales)
Formerly the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Good summaries of the
legal system in England and Wales, including courts, text of recent
legislation and policy documents such as Green Papers, White Papers,
etc. Good links section.
Legal Services Commission (England and Wales)
The national legal aid body. Includes eligibility calculator.
The Official Solicitor of the Supreme Court and Public Trustee (England
Main use for family lawyers is the direct link to the website of the
Child Abduction Unit which is the Hague Convention Central Authority
for England and Wales. Application questionnaires can be downloaded.
Helpful guidance on preventing abduction.
Solicitors Family Law Association (England and Wales)
Over 5,000 solicitors committed to the original Code of Conduct (which
was subsequently adopted in Australia). Links to over 1,000 accredited
family law specialists in England and Wales. Australian family lawyers
are welcome to join the SFLA: get our bi-monthly Review, online access
to policy summaries, etc.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
American Bar Association
Link to the Section of Family Law and state and territory bar associations.
Useful links to help find a good local family lawyer (law firms in the
USA are usually highly localised, often choosing not to practise in
neighbouring counties). The Section is worth joining for subscriptions
to the excellent Family Advocate and Family Law Quarterly, as well as
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Founded in California in 1963, the AFCC has since grown to include over
2,000 lawyers, judges and other professionals committed to a constructive
approach to the resolution of family conflict. Former Chief Justice
Alastair Nicholson is a past President. Join up to receive the Family
Courts Review and the AFCC Newsletter. Great conferences!