Seventh Meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the 1980 and 1996 Conventions completes its work

From 10 to 17 October 2017, 292 participants took part in the Seventh Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention, representing 62 Member States and one REIO, six non-Member Contracting States, four invited non-Member non-Contracting States and observers from 14 IGO / NGOs. These included...

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Honduras accedes to the 1996 Child Protection and 2007 Child Support Conventions

On Monday 16 October 2017, Honduras deposited the instruments of accession to 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 Protection of Children, and to the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Form of Family...

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Montenegro signs the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

On Thursday 5 October 2017, Montenegro signed the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention). The Choice of Court Convention currently has 30 Contracting Parties (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result of approval by an REIO); with Montenegro’s signature, there are now an additional 4 States that have signed the Convention. At the...

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Hague Conventions enter into force for Kazakhstan and Tunisia

On 1 October 2017, the Child Support Convention and Child Abduction Convention entered into force for Kazakhstan and Tunisia, respectively. 2007 Child Support Convention - Kazakhstan The Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance entered into force for Kazakhstan on 1 October 2017. Kazakhstan deposited its...

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Panama accedes to the 1985 Trust Convention

On 15 September 2017, the Permanent Bureau was informed that on 30 August 2017, Panama had deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 1 July 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition (Trust Convention). With the accession of Panama, the Trust Convention now has 14 Contracting Parties. The Trust Convention will enter into force for Panama on 1...

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The Apostille Convention enters into force for Guatemala

On 18 September 2017, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Guatemala. Guatemala had acceded to the Apostille Convention on 19 January 2017. No objections were raised to its accession. While not a Member State of the Hague Conference, Guatemala is a Contracting Party to three...

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China signs the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

On Tuesday, 12 September 2017, the People’s Republic of China signed the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention). The Choice of Court Convention currently has 30 Contracting Parties (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result of approval by an REIO). With the People’s Republic of China’s signature, there are now 3 further States...

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Bolivia joins the Apostille Convention

On Wednesday 6 September 2017, Bolivia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). With the accession of Bolivia, the Apostille Convention now has 115 Contracting Parties. The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Bolivia on 7 May 2018. At the ceremony,...

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2000 Hague Protection of Adults Convention – New & Revised Edition of the Explanatory Report

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the publication of a new and revised edition of the Explanatory Report on the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults. This new and revised edition replaces the previous edition of the Explanatory Report, including the one contained in the offprint of the...

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Tunisia joins Apostille, Service, and Child Abduction Conventions

On 10 July 2017, Tunisia deposited its instruments of accession to three Hague Conventions: the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention), the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention), and the...

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