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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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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African Regional Conference on the HCCH Children’s Conventions

From 2 to 3 April 2019, 149 senior government officials, judges, legal practitioners, academics, social service practitioners, researchers and other experts from Botswana, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Guinea, Israel, Japan, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom (England and Scotland), United States of...

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International Symposium on Family Mediation in Singapore

On 29 March 2019, the Family Mediation Symposium convened at the Auditorium of the Supreme Court of Singapore. The Symposium brought together more than 130 experts and practitioners in the field of family mediation to discuss issues and challenges in mediating family disputes, both in a domestic and in a cross-border context. This event, a joint collaboration between the Family Justice Courts of...

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Following Guyana’s accessions, Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions have 100 and 50 Contracting Parties respectively

On 5 February 2019, Guyana deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Child Abduction Convention”), making it the 100th Contracting Party to the Convention. The Child Abduction Convention will enter into force for Guyana on 1 May 2019. This is a significant development and milestone as the...

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Child Abduction Convention enters into force for Cuba

On 1 December 2018, the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Child Abduction Convention”) entered into force for Cuba, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 12 September 2018. The Child Abduction Convention currently has 99 Contracting Parties. In addition to the Child Abduction Convention, Cuba is a Contracting Party...

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Conference of Hague Convention Network Judges celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges

From 24 to 26 October 2018, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges (“IHNJ”), Members of the IHNJ from over 30 jurisdictions, experts from the Central Authority of the United States of America (“USCA”), Reunite, private practice, and the Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), met at...

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6th Meeting of the Working Group on the draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b)

From 18 to 21 September 2018, the Working Group on the draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b) met at the offices of the Permanent Bureau in the Hague. The meeting was attended by 30 experts and members of the Permanent Bureau under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Mrs Diana Bryant, AO, QC, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. The experts represented 16 States from...

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