News & Events (archive)

iSupport and e-APP: e-Justice priorities for the European Union

24-10-2014

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is very pleased to announce that both the iSupport (cross border recovery of maintenance obligations) and e-APP (electronic Apostille Program) projects are listed in the new 2014-2018 multiannual E [details »]


Just published: Spanish version of the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the 1996 Child Protection Convention

22-10-2014

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the recent publication of the Spanish translation of the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-ope [details »]


Save the Date Announcement – The Hague Service Convention at 50

21-10-2014

On 19 February 2015, the Center for Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center, in conjunction with Letters Blogatory, will host The Hague Service Convention at 50, an event to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the c [details »]


Choice of Court Convention: EU businesses receive a major boost for international trade

10-10-2014

Press release EU Justice Ministers today approved a decision ratifying the 2005 Choice of Court Agreements Convention. The Convention promotes trade by clarifying the rules governing international trade disputes, where the parties involved hav [details »]


HCCH Asia Pacific Week (Hong Kong, 6-11 October 2014)

06-10-2014

HCCH Asia Pacific Week is a series of events collectively organised by the Asia Pacific Office of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrativ [details »]


President of the United States of America Signs Implementing Legislation for the 2007 Child Support Convention

29-09-2014

President Barack Obama of the United States of America signed implementing legislation for the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (the "2007 Child Supp [details »]


IFC Tajikistan Business Regulation and Investment Policy Project supports Tajikistan in finalizing the process of accession to the Hague Apostille Convention

25-09-2014

Dushanbe, September 24 -25, 2014 – IFC Tajikistan Business Regulation and Investment Policy (BRIP) Project supported the official visit of Mr. Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General of Hague Conference on Private International Law to Tajiki [details »]


iSupport cross-border recovery of maintenance obligations project begins in September 2014

19-09-2014

Thanks to a significant action grant provided by the European Union under the "Civil Justice" Programme in partnership with the Hague Conference on Private International Law, nine of its Member States (Austria, Finland, France, Germ [details »]


New e-Registers of Apostilles for Paraguay and Hong Kong

10-09-2014

On 30 August 2014, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Paraguay. As of this date, the new Category 2 e-Register of Apostilles i [details »]


Official opening of the new offices of the Permanent Bureau

03-09-2014

Today the new premises of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law at Churchillplein 6b were officially opened by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mrs Renée Jo [details »]


Zambia joins the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

26-08-2014

On 26 August 2014, the Republic of Zambia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Convention will enter into force for Zambia on 1 November 2014. [details »]


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, September 2014

26-08-2014

Recently published: quarterly updates, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents September 2014: [details »]


APEC Workshop on the Ease of Doing Business through Hague Conventions

21-08-2014

The Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) Workshop on the Ease of Doing Business through Hague Conventions was held on Tuesday 12 August 2014 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The Workshop was organised by the Department of Justice of Ho [details »]


Available Now: Spanish version of Accreditation and Adoption Accredited Bodies: General Principles and Guide to Good Practice

31-07-2014

Guide No 2 under the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption The Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the recent publication of the final, r [details »]


Azerbaijan becomes the Hague Conference's 77th Member

29-07-2014

On Tuesday 29 July 2014, the Republic of Azerbaijan deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference, and thus became the Conference's 77th Member. The following Hague Conventions are already in force for [details »]


Available now: Spanish version of the Explanatory Report on the 2005 Hague Choice of Court Convention

22-07-2014

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the recent publication of the Spanish version of the Explanatory Report on the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements, prepared by Professor Trevor Har [details »]


St. Petersburg Conference on Cross-Border Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments

17-06-2014

  The Conference on Cross-Border Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments was held on Tuesday 17 June 2014 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. The Conference was organised by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (H [details »]


Burundi joins the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention

10-06-2014

On 10 June 2014, the Republic of Burundi acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). The Convention will enter into force for Burund [details »]


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, June 2014

01-06-2014

Recently published: quarterly updates, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents June 2014: Int [details »]


Belgium becomes the 41st Contracting State to the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

28-05-2014

On 28 May 2014, Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protec [details »]


Special Commission meets in The Hague to review the practical operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions and considers draft Handbooks

23-05-2014

A meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions concluded today after four days of constructive discussions among some 130 experts representing 53 States and several interna [details »]


Georgia becomes the 40th Contracting State to the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

13-05-2014

On 1 April 2014, Georgia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protecti [details »]


Conference on cross-border family matters and the well-being of the child highlights Hague Convention on child abduction in the Asia Pacific region

13-05-2014

On 13 May 2014, the Conference "Cross-Border Family Matters and the Well-Being of the Child: Asia Pacific Perspectives" took place in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Conference focused on the Convention of 25 October 1980 on [details »]


Just published: Practical Handbook on the operation of the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

22-04-2014

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that the Practical Handbook on the operation of the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and C [details »]


Council on General Affairs and Policy 2014 – Conclusions & Recommendations

10-04-2014

From 8 to 10 April 2014, Members of the Hague Conference gathered in The Hague for the annual meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy. The Council reviewed the work of the Organisation during the prior year and charted the course for [details »]


Singapore becomes 76th HCCH Member; Brazil accedes to 1970 Evidence Convention; Iraq accedes to 1980 Child Abduction Convention; European Union approves 2007 Child Support Convention

09-04-2014

On 9 April 2014, during the Council on General Affairs of the Hague Conference, Singapore became the 76th Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law by depositing its instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Organisation. [details »]


Just released: e-Country Profile under the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention

09-04-2014

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the recent release of the e-Country Profile under the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. [details »]


Just published: Practical Handbook for Caseworkers under the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention

07-04-2014

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the recent publication of the Practical Handbook for Caseworkers under the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Form [details »]


Just published: Spanish version of the Explanatory Report on the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention

04-04-2014

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the recent publication of the Spanish version of the Explanatory Report on the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other [details »]


Tunisia seeks membership in the Hague Conference

03-04-2014

On Thursday 3 April 2014, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law formally opened the six month period for existing Members to vote on the proposal of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to admit the Repub [details »]


Just published: Volume XX of the Judges' Newsletter

03-04-2014

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that volume XX of the Judges' Newsletter has recently been published. The special focus of this volume of the Judges' Newsletter is on th [details »]


10th Anniversary of the Malta Process

24-03-2014

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary of the Malta Process, a dialogue involving both Contracting States to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil As [details »]


Mongolia joins the 1954 Hague Civil Procedure Convention

03-03-2014

On Monday, 3 March 2014, the Ambassador of Mongolia to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr Davaadorj Khishigdelger, deposited the instrument of accession of Mongolia to the Hague Convention of 1 March 1954 on civil procedure (“Civil Procedure Convention&r [details »]


Conclusions & Recommendations of the Experts' Group meeting on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Protection Orders

18-02-2014

The Experts' Group on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Protection Orders met in The Hague on 12 and 13 February 2014. A provisional version of the Conclusions and Recommendations of this meeting has been published on this website. [details »]


20 New Judges designated in 2013 to the International Hague Network of Judges

07-02-2014

The International Hague Network of Judges (IHNJ) attracted 20 new judicial designations in 2013, growing from 71 to 91 judges worldwide. A total of 60 States have now officially designated a judge to the IHNJ, with 11 new States designating judges in [details »]


Completion of an EU partnership project between Romania, ENM and the Hague Conference on the International Recovery of Maintenance

29-01-2014

From January 2012 until January 2014, the Ministry of Justice of Romania, the École Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM - France) and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference worked together on the project "Enhancing judicial internatio [details »]


Japan signs and ratifies the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

24-01-2014

On Friday 24 January 2014, Japan became the 91st Contracting State to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Japan’s instrument of ratification was deposited by H.E. Mr Masaru Tsuj [details »]