HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2020: Registration now open!

The Permanent Bureau and the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union are pleased to announce that registration is now open for HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2020, which will mark the golden anniversary of the HCCH Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention). The event will be hosted entirely online, on the...

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Costa Rica accedes to the Child Protection Convention

On 29 October 2020, the Republic of Costa Rica deposited its instrument of accession to 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). With the accession of Costa Rica, the Child Protection Convention now has 53...

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Publication of the Explanatory Report on the Judgments Convention

Following the approval of the Explanatory Report on the HCCH Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (Judgments Convention) on 22 September 2020, the Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the official publication of the Explanatory Report prepared by the co-Rapporteurs Professors Francisco Garcimartín (Spain)...

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Save the Date: HCCH a|Bridged Edition 2020

HCCH a|Bridged Edition 2020 will be held online on 2 December 2020, organised by the HCCH, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and the German Federal Office of Justice, as part of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will celebrate the 50th “Golden” Anniversary of the HCCH Convention of 18 March 1970 on the...

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40th Anniversary of the Child Abduction and Access to Justice Conventions

On 25 October 2020, two HCCH Conventions celebrate their respective 40th anniversaries, following adoption at the Fourteenth Session: the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and the 1980 Access to Justice Convention. The Child Abduction Convention has become one of the most visible HCCH Conventions since its entry into force on 1 December 1983. The Convention aims to protect children from the harmful...

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Serbia ratifies the Child Support Convention

Today, 23 October 2020, the Republic of Serbia deposited its instrument of ratification of the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). With the ratification of Serbia, 41 States and the European Union are bound by the Child Support Convention. It will enter into force for Serbia on 1...

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Nicaragua becomes 86th Member of the HCCH

Today, 21 October 2020, the Republic of Nicaragua deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming the 86th Member of the HCCH. Due to restrictions currently imposed as a result of the pandemic, the deposit of the instrument could unfortunately not take place in person. While there was therefore no opportunity to celebrate the Membership with the usual ceremony at the Ministry...

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Seventh meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 12 to 16 October 2020, the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the seventh time. The meeting was held via videoconference and was attended by 36 Experts, representing 22 States, 3 Observers, and members of the Permanent Bureau. The Group, whose work continuation was endorsed by the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP) in 2020, is focusing on developing possible...

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Service Convention enters into force for the Philippines

Today, 1 October 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 the Philippines, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 4 March 2020. The Service Convention currently has 78 Contracting Parties. The...

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