The Fourth Asia Pacific Conference of the Hague Conference, Manila

1 November 2011

From 26 to 28 October 2011, over 230 delegates and participants from Australia, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Vietnam, together with observers from  Iraq, United States of America and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, and judicial officers, academics, other professionals, representatives from non-governmental organisations and members of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference met in Manila, Philippines, to discuss the relevance, implementation and practical operation of a number of important Hague Conventions within the Asia Pacific Region.

The Manila Conference focused on the areas of family law and legal co-operation and litigation, with particular emphasis on the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). It also considered private international law aspects of temporary and circular economic migration.

Additional information about AP4 is available on the Regional Conference website:

The Conclusions of the Fourth Asia Pacific Conference can be downloaded here.