Meeting of the International Hague Network of Judges

From 11 to 20 January 2022, the International Hague Network of Judges (IHNJ) met via videoconference. The meetings were attended by 60 participants representing 35 States, as well as by members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. During the meetings, participants provided updates on key developments within their respective jurisdictions; considered the possibility of expanding the scope of the...

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Service Convention enters into force for Georgia

On 1 January 2022, the 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 Georgia following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 31 May 2021. The Service Convention has 79 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Service Section of the...

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Now available in 23 EU languages: Guide to Good Practice on the Use of Video-Link under the Evidence Convention

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of 21 new translations of the Guide to Good Practice on the Use of Video-Link under the Evidence Convention. With these new translations, the Guide to Good Practice is now available in 23 European Union (EU) languages. The Guide, originally published in English and French, analyses the latest developments in relation to the use of...

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Meeting of the Administrative Cooperation Working Group

The Administrative Cooperation Working Group (ACWG) on the 2007 Child Support Convention met on 6 and 7 December 2021 via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 55 experts representing 20 Member States, one Member Regional Economic Integration Organisation and one Observer, as well as by members of the Permanent Bureau (PB) of the HCCH. As recommended by the Twenty-First Session of the HCCH...

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HCCH a|Bridged - Edition 2021: Enabling party autonomy with the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

On 1 December 2021, the Permanent Bureau had the pleasure of hosting HCCH a|Bridged - Edition 2021, an online event focused on contemporary issues relating to the application of the HCCH 2005 Choice of Court Convention, including the promotion of party autonomy. The event was co-organised by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law, the American Association of Private International Law...

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Tenth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy  

From 15 to 19 November 2021, the HCCH Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the tenth time. The meeting was held via videoconference and was attended by 38 experts representing 23 Member States, one Regional Economic Integration Organisation and three Observers, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group discussed the form, structure...

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Russia signs the Judgments Convention

Today, 17 November 2021, the Russian Federation signed the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (Judgments Convention). Although the 2019 Judgments Convention is not yet in force, the Russian Federation is its fifth signatory. More information on this Convention is available on the Judgments Section of the HCCH website. ...

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Meeting of the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption

On 8 November 2021, the HCCH Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 43 participants representing 22 States, four Observers, and members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group has been working on developing a Toolkit aimed at preventing and addressing illicit practices in intercountry...

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HCCH a|Bridged - Edition 2021: Registration now open!

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that registration is now open for HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2021: Innovation in Transnational Litigation.  HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2021 will discuss contemporary issues relating to the application of the HCCH 2005 Choice of Court Convention, including the promotion of party autonomy and the establishment of international commercial...

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Child Support Convention enters into force for New Zealand

Today, 1 November 2021, the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention) entered into force for New Zealand following the deposit of its instrument of ratification on 23 July 2021. At present, 42 states and the European Union are bound by the Child Support Convention. More information on this...

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