Cuba Joins the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

On Monday 20 February 2017, the Republic of Cuba deposited its instrument 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. With the accession of Cuba, the Convention now has 48 States which have signed, ratified or acceded to the...

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Belgium signs the 2000 Hague Protection of Adults Convention

On Monday 6 February 2017, Belgium signed the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on International Protection of Adults. With the signature of Belgium, the Convention now has 18 States which have signed, ratified or acceded to the instrument. Belgium is currently a Contracting State to 14 other Conventions and one Protocol of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. At the...

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Turkey: Hague Conventions enter into force

Today, 1 February 2017, the 1996 Child Protection Convention and the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention entered into force for Turkey. 1996 Child Protection Convention 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 entered into force for Turkey on...

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Launch of iSupport - First Meeting of the iSupport Governing Body

On the occasion of its first meeting held on 18 and 19 January 2017 at the premises of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the iSupport Governing Body officially launched iSupport. iSupport is an electronic case management and secure communication system. It allows an efficient, modern and timely recovery of child support and family maintenance in...

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Guatemala joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On 19 January 2017, the Republic of Guatemala 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"), making it the 113th Contracting State to the Convention. Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Guatemala on 18 September...

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Ghana, Montenegro and the United States of America: Hague Conventions enter into force

On 1 January2017, the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention entered into force for the United States of America and Montenegro and the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention entered into force for Ghana. 2007 Hague Child Support Convention – Montenegro and the United States of America The Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of...

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Pakistan joins the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

On 22 December 2016, Pakistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and thus became the 96th Contracting State to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Pakistan on 1 March 2017. At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the...

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USA ratifies the 2006 Hague Securities Convention, triggering its entry into force on 1 April 2017

On 15 December 2016, the United States of America (USA) deposited its Instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary (2006 Securities Convention). The USA had signed the Convention, together with Switzerland, 5 July 2006. The deposit of the instrument of ratification of the 2006...

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Latvia signs the 2000 Hague Protection of Adults Convention

On Thursday 15 December 2016, Latvia signed the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on International Protection of Adults. The Convention is anticipated to be ratified by Latvia in 2017. Latvia is currently a Contracting State to 12 Conventions and one Protocol of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

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Passing away of Professor Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren

It is with deep regret that the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law learned of the passing away of Professor Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren on 3 December 2016 at the age of 88. The Permanent Bureau expresses its deepest sympathy to Professor Parra-Aranguren’s family members. Professor Parra-Aranguren had a longstanding relationship with the Hague Conference...

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