Dennis Ho (CIF Organising Committee) joined a panel discussion on 8 September 2018 at the Conference on Safeguarding Children’s Best Interests. Dennis shared his perspective as a family lawyer practising in Hong Kong with the multidisciplinary audience.
In response to a question from the audience about the interaction between children’s rights and parental rights, Dennis made two key observations:
The CIF organising committee was well represented at the recent Conference on Safeguarding Children’s Best Interests organised by (PLAN International, CCPL HKU and HKU Law Faculty) with Dennis Ho participating in a panel discussion.
The keynote address was given by Ms Mikiko Otani (member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child). She spoke of the key importance of local implementation of international treaties. In particular she referenced the recent establishment in Hong Kong of the Children’s Commission and how this topic had been raised and discussed at CIF 2 at which Ms Otani had been a speaker.
Many of the speakers referenced the establishment of the Children’s Commission and several had specific requests for the practical steps which should be taken by the Children’s Commission to improve Hong Kong’s responsiveness and resources to safeguard children’s best interests.
The Organising Committee of the Hong Kong Children's Issues Forum is saddened to hear of the passing of Madam Justice Robyn Diamond in May 2018. Madam Justice Robyn Diamond was an innovative, learned and dedicated judge, working in some of the most demanding areas of family and child law including international child protection and child abduction and relocation cases. Her work as one of the International Network of Judges working on Hague Convention cases was significant, particularly her work developing the Hague Convention Electronic Bench Book.
Madam Justice Diamond was also a supporter and friend of the Hong Kong Children's Issues Forum, speaking at both the Children's Issues Forum 2 in 2012 and the Children's Issues Forum 3 in 2015, and contributing an important chapter to the Children's Issues Forum 2015 publication, "Reforming Hong Kong's Child & Family Justice System".
The Organising Committee is grateful for the wisdom, humour and kindness that Madam Justice Robyn Diamond always brought to Forum proceedings and send their sincerest condolences to her family and colleagues.
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