Latin American Meeting on the Implementation and Operation of the Hague Conventions on Legal Co-operation and International Child Protection

From 13 to 15 August 2018, the Latin American Meeting on the Implementation and Operation of the Hague Conventions on Legal Co-operation and International Child Protection was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This meeting is part of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the HCCH. The meeting was attended by 180 participants, including representatives of National Organs and Central...

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Council on General Affairs and Policy – Conclusions & Recommendations

From 13 to 15 March 2018, Members of the HCCH gathered in The Hague for the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy. The Council was attended by 171 participants, representing 63 Members, one REIO and observers from four IGOs / eight NGOs. The Council reviewed the work of the Organisation carried out during the previous year and charted the course for future work. It recognised...

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New Representative of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific:

As announced at the March 2017 meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy, Professor Anselmo Reyes, who has served as the Representative of Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) since 1 April 2013, will step down from this position on 31 July 2017. The Permanent Bureau (PB) and the Members of the HCCH are grateful to Professor Reyes for his leadership and his invaluable efforts...

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Council on General Affairs and Policy – Conclusions & Recommendations

From 14 to 16 March 2017, Members of the HCCH gathered in The Hague for the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy. The Council was attended by 162 participants, representing 67 Members and observers from seven IGO / NGOs. The Council reviewed the work of the Organisation carried out during the previous year and charted the course for future work. It recognised the very good...

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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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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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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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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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Regional meeting: “International Family Law, Legal Co-operation and Commerce: promoting human rights and cross-border trade in the Caribbean through the Hague Conference Conventions

From 13 to 15 July 2016, 118 participants from 25 States and overseas territories1, including Attorneys General and Ministers of Justice, Chief Justices, Judges, Representatives from Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Child Protection Authorities, the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, NGOs, academics and...

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