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Practical Handbook (3rd ed. 2006)
The Practical Handbook offers detailed explanations on the general operation of the Service Convention as well as authoritative commentaries on the major issues raised by practice over the past forty years. To view the table of contents, click here. The Practical Handbook is available in:

  • English
  • French
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

  • To order hard copies of the Practical Handbook, click here.

    Text of the Convention
     Updated list of Contracting States
        (status table)
        How to read the status table

    Central and other Authorities
        (contact details, practical information)

     Table reflecting applicability of Articles 8(2),
        10(a), (b) and (c), 15(2), 16(3)

    Explanatory documents

    Mandatory Form (Request - Summary - Certificate)
    The form is mandatory when the main channel of transmission is used (i.e., via a Central Authority) - the "Summary" part of the form is recommended when an alternative channel is used

    Special Commissions
    Expert meetings to review the practical operation of the Convention

    Questionnaires & Responses