Adoption Convention enters into force for the Republic of the Congo

On 1 April 2020, the Convention of 29 May 1993 on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (hereinafter the “Adoption Convention”) entered into force for the Republic of the Congo, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 11 December 2019. The Adoption Convention currently has 102 Contracting Parties.  The...

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Council on General Affairs and Policy – Conclusions & Decisions

The Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP) met from 3 to 6 March 2020 – the Conclusions & Decisions it adopted are now available in English and French. The projects on normative work include two further meetings of the Experts’ Group on Jurisdiction before CGAP 2021, the continuation of the Parentage / Surrogacy Project and the Tourists and Visitors Project,...

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Publication of the Guide to Good Practice under the Child Abduction Convention: Part VI – Article 13(1)(b)

The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the HCCH is pleased to announce that, following on its approval by the HCCH Members on 12 December 2019, the Guide to Good Practice under the HCCH Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction – Part VI – Article 13(1)(b) has been published in English and French. An electronic version is available for download on the...

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The 2007 Child Support Convention enters into force for Guyana

On 7 March 2020, the HCCH 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 Guyana, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 5 February 2019. The 2007 Child Support Convention currently has 41 Contracting Parties (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result...

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New Members, new requests and new accessions

On 4 March 2020, during the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP), the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan, deposited their instruments of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming the 84th and 85th Members of the HCCH, respectively.  The Dominican Republic was represented at the ceremony by Mr Braulio Alcantara, Legal Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,...

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Available now: The Collection of instruments of the HCCH – 9th Edition

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that the 9th Edition of the Collection of instruments of the HCCH has been presented and released today, 3 March 2020, during the opening of the annual meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP). Like its eight predecessors, this new edition contains a selection of instruments that have entered into force under the auspices of the HCCH,...

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Third meeting of the Experts’ Group on Jurisdiction

Following the successful conclusion of the 2019 Judgments Convention, the HCCH has resumed its exploratory normative work on jurisdiction. From 18 to 21 February 2020, the Experts’ Group on Jurisdiction held its third meeting (its work had been suspended to enable the HCCH to focus on the negotiations of the Judgments Convention). The meeting was attended by 33 Experts from 17 Members and 2...

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The Service Convention enters into force for Nicaragua

On 1 February 2020, the HCCH 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 Nicaragua, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 24 July 2019. Although not yet a Member State of the HCCH, Nicaragua is currently party to five other HCCH Conventions...

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The Protection of Adults Convention – 20th Anniversary

Today, the Convention on the International Protection of Adults celebrates its 20th Anniversary.  Given the growing practical importance of the subject-matter, and further to a successful Conference to discuss "Cross-border Protection of Vulnerable Adults", organised jointly by the HCCH and the European Commission in December 2018, the Permanent Bureau hopes that more States will become...

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