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The Republic of Korea accedes to the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

13-12-2012

On Thursday, 13 December 2012, the Republic of Korea deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The deposit was followed by the designation of a Central Auth [details »]


Official opening of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong

13-12-2012

The Hague Conference on Private International Law today celebrated the official opening of its new Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong. The Opening Ceremony took place in the Central District of Hong Kong Island at the Government House, the off [details »]


Experts from 21 States and from International Organisations met in Dakar to discuss the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention and its implementation in Francophone Countries of origin in Africa and the Caribbean

30-11-2012

As a follow up to the first Francophone Seminar held in The Hague (Netherlands) in June 2009, the Hague Conference, in partnership with the Governments of France, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland organised a four-day workshop o [details »]


Conclusion of the first meeting of the Special Commission on Choice of Law in International Contracts

16-11-2012

On 16 November 2012, experts from 59 States, the European Union, and a number of international and non-governmental organisations concluded the first meeting of the Special Commission on Choice of Law in International Contracts by unanimously agree [details »]


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, September & November 2012

15-11-2012

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 2012: [details »]


Bosnia and Herzegovina third State to ratify the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention

13-11-2012

On 25 October 2012, the depositary of the Hague Conventions received the instrument of ratification of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Ma [details »]


Secretary General honoured by the Asociación Americana de Derecho Internacional Privado (ASADIP)

10-11-2012

During the Jornadas ASADIP meeting which took place in Lima, Peru from 8 to 10 November 2012, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was honoured for his longstanding contributions to private international law and [details »]


Over 160 Experts from 75 States and International Organisations attend meeting on the practical operation of the Apostille Convention

09-11-2012

From 6 to 9 November 2012, over 160 experts from 75 States and international organisations all over the world participated in the third meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requir [details »]


Tobias Asser's Inaugural Address 1862-2012

20-10-2012

At the initiative of Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, a commemoration was held on Saturday 20 October at the Agnietenkapel in Amsterdam, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the lecture delivered by Tobias Asser as professor at the Athenaeum Illustre [details »]


The Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law awarded to Professor Louise Ellen Teitz

19-10-2012

Professor Louise Ellen Teitz was presented with the Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law by the American Bar Association Section of International Law on 19 October 2012 during the Section's Fall Meeting in Miami. The award, g [details »]


Expert Group on the Financial Aspects of Intercountry Adoption

09-10-2012

On 8 and 9 October 2012, an Expert Group composed of Central Authorities of States of origin and receiving States from various geographical regions and legal systems, UNICEF, the International Social Service (ISS), EurAdopt and two independent expe [details »]


Sweden ratifies 1996 Hague Protection of Children Convention

08-10-2012

On 26 September 2012, Sweden deposited its instrument of ratification of 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 P [details »]


Entry into force of the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention after ratification by Albania

08-10-2012

On 13 September 2012, Albania deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. The instrument was accompanied by reservations [details »]


Opening of the Centre for Private International Law of the Hague Conventions in Niš, Serbia

05-10-2012

On 5 October 2012, during the 10th Jubilee Conference on Private International Law in Niš (Serbia), organised by Professor Mirko Živkovic and teaching assistant Sanja Marjanovic, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference was asked to in [details »]


Nicaragua joins the Apostille Convention

07-09-2012

On Friday 7 September 2012, Nicaragua deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents and thus became the 104th Contracting State. The Conventio [details »]


The Russian Federation joins the 1996 Hague Convention on protection of children

30-08-2012

On 20 August 2012, the Russian Federation 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 Respons [details »]


Lesotho accedes to three Hague Children's Conventions

27-08-2012

On 18 June 2012, Lesotho deposited its instruments of accession to the Hague Conventions of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry [details »]


The United Kingdom joins the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

27-07-2012

On 27 July 2012, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland deposited its instrument of ratification in respect of the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in R [details »]


"HCCH IFL Briefings" now available on the HCCH website

20-07-2012

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that the HCCH International Family Law Briefings are now available on the HCCH website. The Briefings are quarterly updates provided by th [details »]


The Republic of Moldova joins the Hague Service Convention

04-07-2012

On 4 July 2012, the Republic of Moldova deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters. In the absence of [details »]


Armenia accedes to the Hague Service and Evidence Conventions

27-06-2012

On 27 June 2012, the Republic of Armenia deposited its instruments of accession to the Hague Conventions of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters and of 18 March 1970 on the Ta [details »]


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, June 2012

15-06-2012

Recently published: the quarterly update, 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: Introductio [details »]


Brazil – Regional Federal Court concentrates jurisdiction for international child abduction cases

14-06-2012

On 14 June 2012, a Regional Federal Court in Brasilia, Brazil decided to concentrate jurisdiction for international child abduction cases at the first-instance level. The move, undertaken by the Regional Federal Court for the 1st Region (which includ [details »]


88 Contracting States for the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention after the accession by Fiji

01-06-2012

On 29 April 2012, Fiji deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Convention shall enter into force for Fiji on 1 August 2012. [details »]


Seminar on the work of the Hague Conference and its relevance for the Caribbean Region and Bermuda

21-05-2012

From 21 to 24 May 2012, 125 representatives from more than 20 States and overseas territories, international organisations as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law met in Bermuda to learn about [details »]


Hague Conference to open Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong

27-04-2012

The Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference on Private International Law during its annual meeting from 17 to 20 April 2012 endorsed the initiative of the Secretary General to establish an Asia Pacific Regional Office. The Cou [details »]


Rwanda accedes to 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

28-03-2012

On Wednesday 28 March 2012, Rwanda deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and has thus become the 87th Contracting State to this Co [details »]


Secretary General joins Hague Peace and Justice visit to US

27-03-2012

From 27 March to 1 April 2012, Secretary General Hans van Loon participated in the Hague Peace and Justice mission to the United States. More information is available through the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC, here. [details »]


86 Contracting States for the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

19-03-2012

On Friday, 9 March 2012, Montenegro deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Montenegro has thus become the 86th Contracting State to [details »]


35 Contracting States for the 1996 Hague Protection of Children Convention

23-02-2012

On 14 February 2012, the depositary received the instrument of accession of Montenegro to the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition, enforcement and co-operation in respect of parental responsibility [details »]


Joint Conference of the European Commission and the Hague Conference on Access to Foreign Law in Civil and Commercial Matters

15-02-2012

       Access to Foreign Law in Civil and Commercial Matters Joint Conference of the European Commission ~ Hague Conference on Private International Law Brussels, 15 to 17 February 2012 Approximate [details »]


34 Contracting States for the 1996 Hague Protection of Children Convention

10-02-2012

On Tuesday 7 February 2012, Greece deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for t [details »]


Uruguay joins the Hague Apostille Convention

09-02-2012

On Thursday 9 February 2012, Uruguay deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents and thus became the 103rd Contracting State. The Conventio [details »]


Press Release: The Sixth Special Commission Concludes its Review of the Hague Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions

01-02-2012

1 February 2012 - The second and final part of the Sixth Special Commission to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction and 1996 Hague Child Protection Conventions concluded in The Hague yesterday, where hundreds of experts [details »]


Over 200 Experts Meet in The Hague to Review the Practical Operation of the Hague Abduction and Child Protection Conventions

25-01-2012

The Hague Conference on Private International Law will convene Part II of the Sixth Special Commission Meeting to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention from 25 to [details »]


Hague Academy Seminar on 'Responding to the Challenges of Natural and Industrial Catastrophes - New Directions for International Law'

21-01-2012

From 15 to 21 January 2012 the Hague Academy of International Law organized a Seminar for Advanced Studies in Public and Private International Law on the theme of "Responding to the Challenges of Natural and Industrial Catastrophes - New Directi [details »]


Montenegro accedes to Hague Service and Evidence Conventions

16-01-2012

On 16 January 2012, the depositary of the Hague Conventions received the instruments of accession from Montenegro to (1) the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commerc [details »]


Colombia joins the Hague Evidence Convention

13-01-2012

On Friday, 13 January 2012, Colombia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters and thus became the 55th Contracting State. The Convention will enter [details »]