Registration is open: 11th International Forum on the e-APP

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that the draft Agenda for the 11th International Forum on the e-APP (electronic Apostille Programme), which will take place in Fortaleza (Brazil), from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 October 2019, is now available on the Apostille Section and that the registration period is now open. Interested persons are invited to register via the International...

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Child Protection Convention enters into force for Paraguay

On 1 July 2019, the HCCH 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 (“Child Protection Convention”) entered into force for Paraguay, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 12 September 2018. The Child Protection Convention...

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Gamechanger for cross-border litigation in civil and commercial matters to be finalised in the Hague

On 18 June 2019, more than 400 delegates will gather in The Hague to finalise a much-wanted and long-awaited global multilateral treaty on the free circulation of judgments on civil or commercial matters across borders, a fundamental tool to promote international access to justice. A much-wanted HCCH Convention The HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention will be important for anyone who has cross-border...

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The 2007 Child Support Convention enters into force for Kazakhstan

Today, the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (“Child Support Convention”) enters into force for Kazakhstan, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 6 June 2017. The 2007 Child Support Convention currently has 41 Contracting Parties (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result of...

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1965 Service Convention enters into force for Brazil

On 1 June 2019, the HCCH Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (hereinafter the “Service Convention”) entered into force for Brazil, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 29 November 2018. The Service Convention currently has 74 Contracting Parties. More information is available on...

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

From 21 to 23 May 2019, the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption met at the offices of the Permanent Bureau (PB) of the HCCH in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 31 experts and members of the PB. The experts represented 18 States, both from States of origin and receiving States, as well as three international organisations.  The mandate...

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HCCH Child Abduction Convention: Practice of Application, Minsk, Belarus

On 17 May 2019, the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of the Republic of Belarus co-organised the Conference on the HCCH Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: Practice of Application, in Minsk, Belarus. The event witnessed not only the formal signature of the cooperation plan between Belarus and UNICEF, but also the amendment of the...

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HCCH and the World Justice Forum – Committing to Justice for All

From 29 April to 2 May, the HCCH Permanent Bureau was represented at the World Justice Forum VI, which was held in the Hague, the Netherlands. The Forum presented an invaluable opportunity to introduce the work of the HCCH to a wider audience and to showcase the important contribution of the organisation to cross-border access to justice for individuals, families and companies. On the final day...

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