Greece ratifies the Protection of Adults Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 28 July 2022 the Hellenic Republic deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (Protection of Adults Convention). The Protection of Adults Convention will enter into force for Greece on 1 November 2022. With this ratification, the Convention now has 14 Contracting...

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Senegal accedes to the Apostille Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 13 July 2022 the Republic of Senegal deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Senegal on 23 March 2023. With this accession, the Convention now has 124 Contracting Parties....

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Fifth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Adoption Convention

From 4 to 8 July 2022, the Fifth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Adoption Convention was held online. The meeting was attended by nearly 400 participants, representing HCCH Members, non-Member States, and Observers from intergovernmental and international nongovernmental organisations, as well as by members of the Permanent Bureau. Over the course of five...

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Pakistan accedes to the Apostille Convention

Today, 8 July 2022, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Pakistan on 9 March 2023. With this accession, the Convention now has 123 Contracting Parties. More information on this...

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Child Support Convention and Protocol enter into force for Ecuador

Today, 1 July 2022, the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) and the Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (Maintenance Obligations Protocol) entered into force for the Republic of Ecuador, following the deposit of its instrument of...

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Vacancy at the Permanent Bureau: Secretary General

The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is looking for an outstanding lawyer to fill on 1 July 2023, the post of: Secretary General As indicated in the Arrangements for appointing Secretaries General of the HCCH (approved by the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP) in 2021), the Secretary General is responsible for managing the PB of the HCCH...

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The Philippines ratifies the Child Support Convention

Today, 22 June 2022, the Republic of the Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Depositary of the HCCH Conventions. The Philippines was represented by...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Indonesia

On 4 June 2022, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961 Apostille Convention) will enter into force for Indonesia following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 5 October 2021. The 1961 Apostille Convention currently has 122 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the...

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Now Available: Conclusions & Recommendations of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol

Attended by over 200 delegates representing HCCH Members, Contracting Parties and Observers from all regions of the world, the very first meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol was held last week, from 17 to 19 May 2022. The meeting resulted in the adoption of over 80 Conclusions &...

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HCCH|Approach: Publication now available

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the launch of the post-event publication of HCCH|Approach, now available for download!  HCCH|Approach, “Advancing and Promoting the Protection of All Children”, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the HCCH 1996 Child Protection Convention. Drawing from the diverse perspectives and expertise of family law practitioners...

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