Author: Hassan Elhais

The UAE is not a party to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which protects against the retention of children across international borders and seeks the return of children to their habitual residence. Nor is it a party to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which gives courts in the child’s home state exclusive and continuing jurisdiction for child custody litigation. UAE courts also do not enforce foreign custody orders. However there are certain circumstances in which the UAE has a bilateral treaty with other countries concerning international child abductors and their extradition. Generally though, the UAE follows a comprehensive set of child custody laws set out in its own federal law system.

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Contact: Hassan Elhais

For Muslims in the UAE, divorce is the cancelling of the valid contract of marriage between the parties. The divorce can be commenced by the husband, or by the wife if her husband gave her the right to do so (Isma’) in the marriage contract. If the wife is not given the right to divorce the husband within her marriage contract, she may still do so for reasons of ‘harm’. The definition of harm is wide ranging and includes the 7 grounds for divorce set out below.

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In general

There are certain limitations to freedom of contract. Under national laws, these limitations appear as mandatory rules based on public policy. Similarly, under international law, even if the parties have made a choice of law, in case there are overriding mandatory rules, these rules shall apply despite the choice of law. In this Newsletter article, overriding mandatory rules shall be assessed especially within the framework of Article 31 of Act No. 5718 on Private International and Procedure Law (“MOHUK”).

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By: Pedro Ramos and Rebecca Lacher

On April 24, 2015, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published a new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) and a letter directly to Title IX Coordinators, as well as a new 25-page Title IX Resource Guide. These reflect OCR's focus on ensuring that Title IX Coordinators have the appropriate authority and full support necessary from their institutions in order to perform their responsibilities.

Read more: Title IX Coordinators: Review of New Guidance from the Department of Education


By: Christian Breen

The Germanwings tragedy has prompted questions of what safeguards exist to manage potentially unstable pilots.

Confirmation by officials that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 92525 intentionally downed the aircraft has focussed scrutiny on identifying and managing risks which arise within the cockpit.

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