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The Third Meeting of the Special Commission, The Hague, Netherlands
David Smolin, Harwell G. Davis Professor of Constitutional Law & Director, Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics of Cumberland School of Law, participated in the Third Meeting of the Special Commission to review the practical operation of The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption which took place at The Hague from June 17 through June 25. This was the largest meeting ever held at The Hague and involved delegates from 88 countries and 15 international organizations.
The first day of the Special Commission meeting was devoted to a discussion on the abduction, sale and traffic in children in the context of adoption. Professor Smolin addressed the meeting on that topic and was the only American law professor to speak to the meeting. He also submitted a background paper which was made available to the delegates.