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Three States join the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

20-12-2013

In December 2013, the following three States have joined the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption: Croatia (5 December), Haiti (16 December) and Serbia (18 December). The Con [details »]


Paraguay accedes to the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention

20-12-2013

On 10 December 2013, Paraguay deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention").The Convention will ente [details »]


The Hague Conference publishes the General Principles for Judicial Communications

19-12-2013

This document represents the latest version of Emerging Guidance regarding the development of the International Hague Network of Judges and a set of General Principles for Judicial Communications within the context of the Hague Convention of 25 Octob [details »]


Latin American meeting on the international protection of children and the recovery of maintenance abroad

06-12-2013

From 4 until 6 December 2013, officials from National Organs, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Justice, State Attorneys, representatives of the Judiciary, Members of the International Hague Network of Judges, Central Authorities, Chil [details »]


Bar Associations lend support to the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

05-12-2013

The German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein, or DAV) has encouraged the European Union to ratify the Choice of Court Convention. In a statement released in October 2013 (official version in German; a courtesy translation performed by th [details »]


30th Anniversary of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

01-12-2013

On 1 December 1983, the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction entered into force, with Canada, France and Portugal as the first three Contracting States. Since then, in the time leading up to this [details »]


Albania joins the 1961 Hague Form of Wills Convention

13-11-2013

On 25 October 2013, the depositary of the Hague Conventions received the instrument of accession of Albania to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Conflicts of Laws Relating to the Form of Testamentary Dispositions. The Convention, wh [details »]


Just published: Tome II of the Proceedings of the Twentieth Session - Judgments

08-11-2013

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that the volume of the Proceedings of the Twentieth Session, Tome II, Judgments has recently been published. National Organs and Contact Organs of M [details »]


Armenia seeks membership in the Hague Conference

08-11-2013

On 8 November 2013, 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 Republi [details »]


Explanatory Report on the 2005 Hague Choice of Court Convention

07-11-2013

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that the Explanatory Report on the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements by Trevor Hartley and Masato Dogauchi is now available [details »]


HCCH-IRZ Regional Seminar, Tunis

30-10-2013

The Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Deutsche Stiftung fur Internationale Rechtliche Zusammenarbeit (IRZ) successfully concluded a regional seminar in Tunis on 30 October 2013, with approximately 65 experts from throughout the [details »]


Paraguayan draft legislation implementing Draft Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts

24-10-2013

On 7 May 2013, Senator Hugo Esteban Estigarribia Gutiérrez presented to Don Alfredo Luis Jaeggli, President of the Chamber of Senators of the Paraguayan Congress (Congreso de la República de Paraguay), draft legislation to implement t [details »]


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

22-10-2013

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that the Explanatory Report on the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, drawn up by Alegr&i [details »]


Burkina Faso accepts the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

14-10-2013

On Tuesday, 1 October 2013, Burkina Faso accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and has thus become the 75th Member of the Organisation. Burkina Faso is Party to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civi [details »]


News concerning the Parentage / Surrogacy Project of the Hague Conference

11-10-2013

Have your say: a call for responses to Questionnaires Nos 3 and 4 on Parentage / Surrogacy The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law has recently published the third and fourth online Questionnaires on the &qu [details »]


Austria joins the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention

09-10-2013

On Wednesday 9 October 2013, the Ambassador of Austria in the Netherlands, Dr Werner Druml, deposited on behalf of Austria the instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults ("20 [details »]


Support for the Apostille Convention among APEC Member Economies

05-10-2013

In June 2013, representatives of Member Economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) attended a workshop in Medan, Indonesia, on the Apostille Convention. The workshop was organised by the Department of Justice of Hong Kong, China, under [details »]


Conference on International Litigation in the Asia Pacific Region highlights Hague Conference instruments and initiatives which facilitate the resolution of cross-border legal disputes

27-09-2013

From 23 to 24 September 2013, a Conference on International Litigation in the Asia Pacific Region took place in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China. The Conference was dedicated to the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreeme [details »]


Azerbaijan and Singapore seek membership in the Hague Conference

12-09-2013

On 12 September 2013, 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 Republic of [details »]


Host Country Agreement with Argentina for Regional Office in Latin America enters into force

26-08-2013

The Hague Conference is pleased to announce that the Embassy of the Argentine Republic formally notified the Secretary General that the Host Country Agreement regarding the establishment of the Organisation's Regional Office for Latin America i [details »]


The Republic of Moldova set to issue e-Apostilles

23-08-2013

On 12 August 2013, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Iurie Leanca, and the Minister of Justice, Mr Oleg Efrim, announced the upcoming issuance of e-Apostilles in Moldova. A new regulation has been issued for this purpose and will be a [details »]


IABA encourages States to join the Apostille, Service, Evidence, Access to Justice, and Choice of Court Conventions

13-08-2013

In a recent declaration, the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) has recommended that States join the Hague Conventions on international legal co-operation and litigation, namely the Apostille Convention, Service Convention, Evidence Convention, Ac [details »]


The 2007 Hague Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations comes into force

01-08-2013

Today, 1 August 2013, the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (hereinafter the 2007 Hague Protocol) comes into force at the international level between Serbia and the European Union (all Member States o [details »]


Ukraine ratifies the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance

24-07-2013

On Wednesday 24 July 2013, Ukraine ratified the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (hereinafter the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention). Ukraine is the fourth Con [details »]


15th anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges

23-07-2013

From 17 to 19 July 2013, more than 50 Members of the International Hague Network of Judges, representing 40 States from every region of the world, as well as experts from the Commonwealth Secretariat, IberRed and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Con [details »]


APEC’s Economic Committee endorses wider participation in the Apostille Convention

16-07-2013

Following the successful outcome of the APEC Workshop on a Simplified Authentication Process for Production of Public Documents Abroad through the use of the Hague Apostille Convention, held in Medan, Indonesia, on 28-29 June 2013, which was attend [details »]


Austria signs the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults

10-07-2013

On Wednesday 10 July 2013, Austria signed the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults. H.E. Dr Werner Druml, Ambassador of Austria, signs the Convention at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherland [details »]


Dr Christophe Bernasconi officially assumes post of Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

01-07-2013

Today Dr Christophe Bernasconi, former Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, has formally taken office as the Organisation's new Secretary General. He takes over from Mr Hans van Loon, who was Secretary Ge [details »]


90 Contracting States for the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention after accession by Kazakhstan

21-06-2013

On 3 June 2013, the Republic of Kazakhstan 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 Kazakhstan on 1 September 2013 [details »]


Farewell reception of Hague Conference Secretary General Hans van Loon

14-06-2013

Hans van Loon hosts farewell reception at the Peace Palace in The Hague to mark his retirement as Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and present his successor Christophe Bernasconi After nearly 35 years o [details »]


The 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention celebrates its 20th anniversary

29-05-2013

The Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Intercountry Adoption Convention) celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Negotiations on the final text of the Convention were concl [details »]


The Republic of Korea signs the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

24-05-2013

On 24 May 2013, the Republic of Korea signed the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The ceremony was held, exceptionally, at the Ministry of General Affairs of t [details »]


Zambia accepts Hague Conference Statute

17-05-2013

On Friday, 17 May 2013, the Republic of Zambia accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and has thus become the 74th Member of the Organisation. [details »]


Bahrain joins the Hague Apostille Convention

19-04-2013

On Wednesday 10 April 2013, the Kingdom of Bahrain deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). This Co [details »]


Instruments of acceptance, ratification and accession deposited during the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Conference

10-04-2013

PRESS RELEASE   Viet Nam becomes newest Hague Conference Member; Serbia ratifies the Hague Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations; and Colombia joins the Hague Service Convention   At a cer [details »]


The Hague Conference celebrates its 120th anniversary

08-04-2013

The Hague Conference on Private International Law - the oldest international institution in The Hague - celebrated its 120th Anniversary on Monday, 8 April 2013 with an event, The Hague Conference at 120: Today and the Future, held in in the Academ [details »]


Official designation of new Secretary General

04-04-2013

After nearly 35 years of service at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and almost 17 years as Secretary General, Mr Hans van Loon will retire as Secretary General of the Organisation on 30 June 2013. By decision of 13 March 2013, th [details »]


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, March 2013

04-04-2013

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 March 2013: [details »]


Workshop for East and Southeast Asian States on the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention becomes first Hague Conference event organised for the Asia Pacific through new Regional Office in Hong Kong

28-03-2013

The Hague Conference on Private International Law co-organised, with the Governments of Macao and Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, a Workshop for East and Southeast Asian States on the Hague Co [details »]


Albania joins the Hague Divorce Convention

07-03-2013

On Thursday, 7 March 2013, Albania deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 1 June 1970 on the Recognition of Divorces and Legal Separations. The Convention will enter into force for Albania on 6 May 2013. [details »]


90 Contracting States for the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

05-03-2013

On Tuesday, 5 March 2013, the Kingdom of Swaziland 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 thus became the 90th Contracting State. [details »]


"Fostering Co-operation through Hague Conventions": seminar held in Tbilisi (Georgia)

28-02-2013

Experts from the Hague Conference took part in a seminar in Tbilisi jointly organised with IRZ from 26 to 28 February entitled, "Fostering Co-operation through Hague Conventions." Participants included judges and other government offici [details »]


Former Deputy Secretary General William Duncan recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for his work with the Hague Conference

10-01-2013

Professor William Duncan has been recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for his work on "the development of international law, particularly international child protection" i [details »]