Turkish government has introduced a bill numbered 1/697 and dated 30.03.2016 concerning Turkey’s accession to the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children of 1996 (“Hague Convention”), signed by the Prime Minister and all ministers.

At the moment, the government bill regarding the approval of the ratification of the Hague Convention is referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations as primary committee which shall go through the law making process.  If enacted, Turkey’s accession to the Convention will be an important step forward in the area of Turkish family law in terms of facilitating the protection of children in international situations, avoiding conflicts between multiple jurisdictions, applicable law and recognition and enforcement of measures for the protection of children.