Statistical Questionnaire on the Maintenance Applications


Professor Beaumont joined the Law School in 1983 after graduate work at Dalhousie University, where he was a Commonwealth scholar. He has been Professor of European Union and Private International Law since 1995.

His interests are in Private International Law and European Union Law and he has published extensively in these fields. Since 1996 he has often been a member of the UK delegation at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, was a member of the Hague's drafting committees on the Conventions on Choice of Court (2005) and Maintenance (2007) and has represented the UK in various formulations of the Council of the European Union Working Party on Civil Law. He took a leading role for the UK in the negotiation of the following EU Regulations: Brussels I, Rome I, Rome II, and Maintenance. He is currently negotiating the revision of Brussels I and the proposed Regulation on Succession. Since 1996 he has been a consultant on private international law to the UK Government Ministry of Justice and to the Scottish Government Justice Department. He has been a member of the UK Advisory Committee on Private International Law (now chaired by Lord Mance) since its inception.

For a complete description of his research and publications see:

Lara Walker is currently doing her PhD on EC Regulation No 4/2009 and the Hague Convention of 2007. She also did her LLM at the University of Aberdeen. This specialised in the Hague Children’s Conventions and Human Rights. Publications in this area are:
L Walker and P Beaumont, ‘Shifting the Balance Achieved by the Abduction Convention: The Contrasting Approaches of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice’ (2011) 7 Journal of Private International Law 231.
L Walker, ‘The Impact of the Hague Abduction Convention on the Rights of the Family in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee: The Danger of Neulinger’, (2010) 6 Journal of Private International Law 649.
L Walker, ‘The Relationship between BIIR and the Hague Convention: Detiček v Sgueglia’, June [2010] International Family Law 203

Our research on the current project is a detailed statistical analysis of the applications made under the Regulation in its first year of operation, from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012. This will be done by sending a questionnaire to each of the Central Authorities, operating under the Regulation. The vast majority of Central Authorities should already have a copy of the questionnaire but a copy is available here.

The objective of the questionnaire is to determine how effectively and efficiently the Regulation is operating. The findings will be presented at the conference which will provide a suitable forum for discussing strengths and weaknesses in the early operation of the Regulation and to assist in achieving uniform interpretation and application of the Regulation in Member States. The questionnaire seeks to obtain information on the number of incoming and outgoing applications during this period and how many of these are successful.