by Jeremy Morley
The Hague Convention was drafted upon the basis of a fundamental misconception. When it was negotiated it was anticipated that the abductors would mostly be noncustodial fathers. In fact, most parental international child abductors are the custodial parents of their children, most of whom are the children’ s mothers, as the U.K. Supreme Court has expressly acknowledged. Re. E  UKSC 27  FLR 758. One might well ask whether such a clear-cut but sometimes harsh and blunt remedy as a prompt return would have been adopted if the drafters had understood this essential fact.