Fourth meeting of the Apostille Special Commission and 10th e-APP Forum

From 2 to 4 November 2016, over 190 experts from over 65 States and international organisations around the world participated in the fourth meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). For the first time, a meeting of the Special Commission was directly...

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Hague Conventions enter into force for Kyrgyzstan and Serbia

Today, 1 November 2016, the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention entered into force for Kyrgyzstan, and the 1996 Child Protection Convention entered into force for Serbia.1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention - Kyrgyzstan The Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention) entered into force...

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia becomes the 82nd Member of the Hague Conference

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that today, Wednesday 19 October 2016, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Mr Abdulaziz A. Abohaimed, deposited Saudi Arabia’s instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference. During the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi...

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Meeting of the Working Group on illicit practices in adoption

From 13 to 15 October 2016, the Working Group on preventing and addressing illicit practices in intercountry adoption met at the offices of the Permanent Bureau in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 36 experts and members of the Permanent Bureau. The experts represented 20 States, both from States of origin and receiving States, as well as three observing international organisations. The...

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Dr Robert E. Kahn and Ms Patrice Lyons visit Permanent Bureau to discuss e-APP

Monday 10 October, the Permanent Bureau had the great pleasure of welcoming Dr Robert E. Kahn, co-inventor of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) / Internet Protocol (IP), President and CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and Chair of the DONA Foundation, and Ms Patrice Lyons, General Counsel to CNRI. Dr Kahn and Ms Lyons have been following with great interest...

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Turkey signs and ratifies the 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions

On 7 October 2016, Turkey signed and deposited its instruments of ratification 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 (1996 Child Protection Convention) and to the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child...

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Bolivia, Costa Rica, Singapore and Viet Nam: Hague Conventions enter into force

On 1 October 2016, the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Costa Rica and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. On that same day, the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Child Abduction...

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Ghana accedes to the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption

On 21 September 2016, the Permanent Bureau was informed that on 16 September 2016, Ghana had 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 98th Contracting State to this Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Ghana on 1 January 2017. It is the first Hague...

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2015 Hague Principles now available in Spanish

The 2015 Hague Principles, which consist of an Introduction, a Preamble, 12 Articles and a Commentary, are now available in Spanish thanks to the translation provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain as a voluntary in-kind contribution. The translation was revised by the Permanent Bureau. The 2015 Hague Principles were prepared in English and French, which are the official...

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The United States of America ratifies the 2007 Hague Convention on Child Support

On 7 September 2016, the United States of America 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 and will thus become the 33rd State to which this Convention will apply. The United States of America was the first State to sign the Convention on the day of its adoption on 23...

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