Justice Lazaro-Javier Champions Protection of Child Rights
October 12, 2023
Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier
Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, Chairperson of the Supreme Court Committee on Family Courts and Juvenile Concerns, took part in the Eighth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1980 Child Abduction and the 1996 Child Protection Conventions from October 10 to October 17, 2023 at the Hague Academy Building, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.
Justice Lazaro-Javier’s presence marked the first time that the Philippines participated in the Special Commission Meeting.
On the first day of the week-long event, Justice Lazaro-Javier, who is also the Co-Chair of the Council of ASEAN Chief Justices Working Group on Cross-Border Disputes Involving Children, conveyed her gratitude to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) for the invitation extended to the Philippines, and for the opportunity to make the voice of the Philippines heard in the commitment towards championing and protecting the rights of the child in accordance with the 1980 and 1996 Conventions.
Justice Lazaro-Javier was also designated by Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo as the representative of the Philippine Judiciary to the International Hague Network of Judges (IHNJ), in addition to Court of Appeals Associate Justice Angelene Mary W. Quimpo-Sale and Malolos, Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Sita Jose-Clemente who have been previously designated as regular representatives of the IHNJ.
Justice Lazaro-Javier, Justice Quimpo-Sale, and Judge Jose-Clemente’s representation will allow them to share updates in the Philippine jurisdiction relevant to cross-border disputes involving Filipino children, contribute with our neighboring ASEAN countries in the formulation of common rules on such disputes, and provide solutions in the application of the international law relating to child protection. (Courtesy of the Office of Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier)
Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier (center) and Court of Appeals Associate Justice Angelene Mary W. Quimpo-Sale pose for posterity with Mr. Paul Vlas, President of the Netherlands Standing Government Committee on Private International Law. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier)
(From left) Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Justice Victoria Benett, Co-Chair of the Special Commission, Court of Appeals Justice Angelene Mary W. Quimpo-Sale, and Atty. Marchellene B. Caday-Atitiw pose for posterity. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier)
Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier at the grounds of the Peace Palace at The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier)