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Proposal by the European Commission


The Commission of the European Communities presented a proposal (COM(2003)783) dated 15 December 2003 for a Council decision concerning the signing of the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an [details »]

Ukraine joins the Hague Conference


Ukraine officially became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on Wednesday 3 December 2003. It was on this day that the instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was deposit [details »]

Iceland joins the Hague Conference


Iceland officially became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on Friday 14 November 2003. It was on this day that the instrument of acceptance, signed by the President of Iceland, of the Statute of the Hague Conference on Pr [details »]

Greece signs and ratifies 1973 Maintenance (enforcement) Convention


On 13 November 2003, Greece signed and ratified the Hague Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Relating to Maintenance Obligations, thus bringing the total number of Contracting States to 21. The Convention wil [details »]

Protection of Adults Convention to receive its first ratification


On Wednesday, 5 November 2003, the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification, for Scotland, of the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults. The official signing ceremony took place a day earlier, at [details »]

President Mádl of Hungary celebrating HCCH's 110th Anniversary


    (Click the photos for a larger image)(1) arrival of President Mádl at the Peace Palace(2) from left to right.: Secretary General of the Hague Conference Hans van Loon, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, P [details »]

Eighty Contracting States for the Legalisation Convention


On Wednesday, 3 September 2003, Albania deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, thus becoming the 80th State Party to this Conventio [details »]

India ratifies Intercountry Adoption Convention


 On the right: Mrs Jayati Chandra, Joint Secretary to the Government of India,Ministry of Social Justice & EmpowermentOn the left: Mr Debraj Pradhan, Minister at the Embassy of India at The HagueOn 6 June 2003, India deposited its instrument [details »]

United States of America Central Authority under the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters


By communication dated 1 October 2002, the Department of Justice of the United States of America informed the Permanent Bureau that it was finalising an award to a private process server company to assume the duties of the United States Central Autho [details »]

1996 Convention signed by 14 EU Member States and Australia


On 1 April 2003, 14 European Union Member States, Australia and Switzerland signed the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures f [details »]

United Kingdom ratifies the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention


On 27 February 2003, the United Kingdom ratified the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Convention will enter into force for the United Kingdom on 1 June 2003. [details »]