Vacancy at the Permanent Bureau: Legal Officer (full-time)

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a: LEGAL OFFICER (full-time) The successful candidate will at least possess the following qualifications: A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent); Good knowledge of private international law in general, as well as familiarity with comparative law; Two years of relevant full-time professional...

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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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Apostille Convention enters into force for Philippines

On 14 May 2019, the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Philippines, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 12 September 2018. The Apostille Convention currently has 117 Contracting Parties. Member State of the HCCH since 2010, Philippines is currently...

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Volume XXIII of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter 2018-Spring 2019)

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of Volume XXIII of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter 2018-Spring 2019)  with a Special Focus on “The 20th Anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges (IHNJ)” which was celebrated on the occasion of the 3rd IHNJ Global Meeting held in Miami from 24 until 26 October 2018. This “Anniversary”...

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The Child Abduction Convention enters into force in Guyana

On 1 May 2019, the HCCH Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Child Abduction Convention”) entered into force for Guyana, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 5 February 2019. The Child Abduction Convention currently has 100 Contracting Parties. In addition to the Child Abduction Convention, Guyana is a Contracting...

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The Evidence Convention enters into force for Nicaragua

On 28 April 2019, the HCCH Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention) entered into force for Nicaragua, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 27 February 2019. The Evidence Convention currently has 62 Contracting Parties. While not a Member State of the HCCH yet, Nicaragua is currently Party to...

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