HCCH Publications
TitlePractical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention
Year of publication2006
(or download in PDF,
if available)
This fully revised and expanded edition of the Practical Handbook, which was prepared by Christophe Bernasconi (First Secretary) and Laurence Thébault (Consultant), comes with a fully searchable e-book in PDF format.

Summary (click here to consult the complete table of contents):

Table of contents
Explanatory charts
General comments and practical operation of the Convention
I - Purpose and scope of the Convention
II - Channels of transmission provided for under the Convention
III - Protection of the defendants (Arts. 15 and 16)
IV - Regional instruments
Index of the cited case law
Index by subject

The Practical Handbook is available in the following languages:
  • English
    ISBN 2-89127-751-1
    € 75.00
  • French (hard copy is out of stock / only PDF version available € 75.00)
    ISBN 2-89127-752-X
    € 75.00
  • Spanish
    ISBN 978-99967-657-0-4
    € 75.00
  • Chinese (Traditional)
    ISBN 978-99937-673-2-9
    € 75.00
  • Chinese (simplified)
    ISBN 978-99937-673-3-6
    € 75.00
  • Portuguese
    ISBN 978-99937-673-4-3
    € 75.00
  • Russian (only for delivery outside the Russian Federation and countries of the former Soviet Union)
    ISBN 978-2-89127-795-2
    € 75.00

A copy of these versions may be ordered directly from the Permanent Bureau by using the order form.

A separate version of the Practical Handbook in Russian, without electronic book (PDF), is available for delivery within the Russian Federation or country of the former Soviet Union (ISBN 5-466-00240-2). This publication may be ordered at