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USA joins 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention


On Wednesday, 12 December 2007, the United States of America deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, which it had already signed o [details »]

Twenty-First Diplomatic Session adopts new Hague Convention and Protocol


On Friday, 23 November 2007 the new Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and a Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations were adopted by the Twenty-First Diplomatic Se [details »]

Launch of INCASTAT


On 28 September 2007, an electronic statistical database, INCASTAT, was launched, which generates the Annual Statistical Forms concerning return and access applications relating to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil A [details »]

Mexico first State to join Choice of Court Convention of 2005


On Wednesday, 26 September 2007, Mexico deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements. One more ratification or accession will suffice to bring the Convention, which is open to [details »]

Second IIN-HCCH Meeting of Governmental Experts on International Child Abduction by one of their Parents


The Second Meeting of Governmental Experts on International Child Abduction by one of their Parents took place in Buenos Aires from 19 to 21 September 2007. Participants were mainly Judges and Central Authority officers from Argentina, Brazil, Chi [details »]

Judicial Seminar for French-speaking African countries on the principal Hague Conventions on International Child Protection, International Judicial and Administrative Co-operation and International Litigation


Francophone African Judges Seminar27-31 August 2007The HagueDialogue between judges and experts from the Francophone African Region to promote the Hague Conventions Judges of the high jurisdictions of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Chad, Cô [details »]

India starts issuing Apostilles


The Permanent Bureau has been informed by the relevant Indian authorities that India starts issuing Apostilles as of today (29 August 2007). For more information on the process of issuing Apostilles in India, please refer to the information provided [details »]

Permanent Bureau team assists Guatemala with the implementation of the 1993 Hague Convention


In 2002 Guatemala acceded to the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. However, in 2003 the Constitutional Court of Guatemala declared this accession to be unconstitutional. This meant that according to the Guatemalan legal system, the Conv [details »]

Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting


Asia-Pacific Regional Meetingon the work of the Hague Conference on Private International LawSydney, Australia - 27-29 June 2007 From 27 to 29 June 2007, participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Indi [details »]

80 Contracting States for Child Abduction Convention


On 1 March 2007, Armenia became the 80th Contracting State to the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention. This Convention entered into force for Armenia on 1 June 2007. On the same day (1 March 2007), Armenia also acceded to three [details »]

Montenegro becomes 67th HCCH Member


Following consultation of the Member States, Montenegro became the 67th Member of the Conference with effect as of 1 March 2007, date of the declaration by Montenegro of its acceptance of the Statute. At this same date, Montenegro also succeeded to v [details »]

Switzerland ratifies Hague Trusts Convention


Only a few weeks after signing the Hague Convention of 1 July 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition, Switzerland deposited, on 26 April 2007, its instrument of ratification of this Treaty. Switzerland became the eleventh [details »]

The European Community becomes Member of the HCCH


Text of the press release: 1. On 3 April 2007 the European Community (EC) became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, by depositing its instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference. The Hague Confere [details »]

Breakthrough with the electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP)


Breakthrough with the electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP): State of Kansas first jurisdiction to issue electronic Apostilles under the e-APP – Colombia first jurisdiction to accept e-Apostilles under the e-APP – State of Rhode Island first j [details »]

Service of Process under the Hague 1965 Service Convention - Saint Petersburg Seminar


On 30 and 31 January 2007, a seminar on the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters was held in Saint Petersburg. This Seminar, a follow-up from an initi [details »]

Entry into force of amendments to the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law


On 1 January 2007, a revised version of the Statute of the Hague Conference - in French and English, both texts from then on being equally authentic - entered into force. The original Statute, adopted during the Seventh Session of the Hague Confere [details »]