Full Program


International Parental Child Abduction and Mediation in a Globalized World:

What is Happening Between the United States and Mexico?

Tuesday, April 10


8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Welcome
-Janet Martinez, Stanford Law School
-Nuria Gonzalez-Martin, UNAM, Mexico City
First Session (Moderator: Janet Martinez, SLS)
9:15-9:45 “The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction”
-Hans Van Loon, Former Secretary General of The Hague Conference on Private International Law
9:45-10:15 “Good Practices: The Legal Framework for Mediation under the Hague Abduction Convention”
-Ann Laquer Estin, Aliber Family Chair in Law, University of Iowa College of Law
10:15-10:45 “International Parental Child Abduction and International Family Mediation: United States-Mexico”
-Nuria Gonzalez-Martin, Senior Researcher at IIJ-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Visiting Fellow Gould Center at Stanford Law School
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
Second Session (Moderator: Itay Ravid, J.S.D Candidate SLS)
11:00-12:15 “The Role of the United States Central Authority in Abduction Cases””
-Elena Corona, Division Chief, Office of Children´s Issues, U.S. Department of State                -Fabiana Villamor, Branch Chief, Office of Children´s Issues, U.S. Department of State           -Dara Morenoff, Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Affairs, U.S. Department of State
12:15-12:45 “Mexican Experience in Cases of International Child Abduction: Judicial Process vs Mediation”
-Claudia Sierra, Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry
12:45-1:30 Lunch
Third Session (Moderator: Elaine Tumonis, Deputy Attorney General, CA Office of the Attorney General)
1:30-2:15 “California Cases and the Practical Aspects of Mediation”
-Bridget Billeter, Deputy Attorney General, California Office of the Attorney General
-Anthony Da Silva, Deputy Attorney General, California Office of the Attorney General
2:15-2:45 “How International Family Mediation can Contribute: Practical Issues”
-The Honorable Ramona A. Gonzalez, President Judge, La Crosse County Circuit Court, La Crosse, Wisconsin
2:45-3:15 “Mandatory Mediation: a Desired Paradox?”
-Fernando Navarro-Sanchez,Mediator and Practice Development Manager for Latin America, JAMS
3:15-3:30  Coffee Break
Fourth Session (Moderator: Nuria Gonzalez-Martin, UNAM and SLS)
3:30-4:00 “Creating a Global Network for International Family Mediation”
-Melissa A. Kucinski, Attorney and Mediator. MK Family Law, PLLC
4:00-4:30 “Online Dispute Resolution and Cross-Border Family Disputes”
-Colin Rule, Vice-President, Online Dispute Resolution, Tyler Technologies
4:30-5:15 “International Mediation Through System Design Lens”
-Janet Martinez, Director, Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School
-Sheila R. Purcell, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, UC Hastings College of the Law
5:30 pm Reception