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52 Fam. Ct. Rev. 1 (2014)

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EDITORIAL NOTES


                                     JANUARY 2014



   This issue begins Volume 52 of Family Court Review (FCR).


 SPECIAL ISSUE: PAPERS FROM THE SIXTH WORLD CONGRESS ON FAMILY LAW
 AND   CHILDREN'S RIGHTS: BUILDING BRIDGES FROM PRINCIPLE TO REALITY

   This issue also marks the fourth time since I have been editor that FCR has published selected
papers from  the World Congress  on Family Law   and the Rights of Children and Youth. It thus
continues AFCC's   and FCR's  long-term  association with this wonderfully diverse international
gathering of those concerned with the welfare of children and families. It also contributes to FCR's
efforts to bring international perspectives on critical issues to our readers.
   I wish I could have attended the Sixth World Congress from which selected papers are published
in this issue. It was held March 17-20, 2013, in Sydney, Australia and by all accounts was an
outstanding event. Arnie Sheinvold, AFCC President, and Peter Salem, AFCC's Executive Director,
represented AFCC  at the World Congress. They report that the program included presentations on
topics as diverse as the plight of enslaved young girls, children orphaned by war, family law changes
in the United Kingdom, and parenting coordination.
   As it did in the past, AFCC closely collaborated with the World Congress organizers. AFCC was
a Congress sponsor and many  AFCC   members  attended. Diana Bryant, Chief Justice of the Family
Court of Australia and AFCC  Board member,  headed the World Congress Program  Committee  and
served as co-director of studies. An AFCC Australia chapter was launched at this World Congress.
   The Sixth World Congress marked  a passing of its leadership torch. Our colleagues Rod Burr and
Stuart Fowler are retiring as World Congress co-chairs. They have served in World Congress leader-
ship positions since the early 1990s and have been involved at some level in partnering with AFCC
since the 1997 San Francisco joint World Congress and AFCC Conference. We will all miss working
with them.
   The Honorable  Joseph V  Kay is the guest editor for this issue, as he was for the most recent
previous issue of World Congress papers. Joe served as Director of Studies for this World Congress
with Diana Bryant. I leave it to Joe to further describe the authors and papers in this Special Issue.
I do, however, want to take this opportunity to introduce (or reintroduce) Joe to FCR readers:
   Joe was a justice of the Family Court of Australia from June 1986 until February 2008. When he
retired, Diana Bryant described his distinguished career:*

   Justice Kay has an incisive grasp of family law and a fierce intellect tempered by a keen sense of humor.
   He has specialized in family law since his early years as a barrister when the Matrimonial Causes Act 1959
   was still the relevant legislation. Justice Kay was one of the first barristers to fully come to grips with the
   Family Law Act in 1975 which revolutionized the way in which relationships were assessed and dissolved.
   He was a foundation member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and he brought
   to the Bench a wealth of experience and knowledge. Justice Kay contributed to the development of law, in
   many areas, but particularly in two areas. When the child support scheme was first introduced, Justice Kay
   quickly became an expert and many of the child support decisions at first instance and on appeal involve
   him. The same applies to the decision of the Court following the introduction of the Hague Convention on


FAMILY COURT REVIEW, Vol. 52 No. 1, January 2014 1-3
c 2014 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

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