Bolivia joins the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

On 13 July 2016, Bolivia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and thus became the 95th Contracting State to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Bolivia on 1 October 2016. While Bolivia is not a Member of the HCCH, it is now a Contracting State to two Conventions of the...

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HCCH Asia Pacific Week 2016

As part of the HCCH Asia Pacific Week 2016 (held in Tokyo from 27 to 30 June 2016), the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Waseda University, organised the Asia Pacific Symposium on the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention from 29 to 30 June 2016. The Symposium was attended by over 200 participants, including judges, government...

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2005 Choice of Court Convention: Explanatory Report now available in all official EU languages

The Explanatory Report on the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements, prepared by Trevor Hartley and Masato Dogauchi, is now available in all official languages of the European Union. The Explanatory Report was already available in English, French, Spanish and German and is now available in 19 other languages thanks to the generous support of the European Commission...

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iSupport 2.0 Awarded an EU Action Grant

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that, further to an application for a second Action Grant in January 2016 under the EU JUST-2015-JCOO-AG-1 Call for Proposals (support for judicial co-operation in civil matters), the proposal for the iSupport 2.0 project has been successful. The iSupport case management system will be used by Central...

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Conclusion of the first meeting of the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

From 1 to 9 June 2016, the Special Commission on the Judgments Project was convened in The Hague. The Special Commission was attended by 153 participants from 53 States and one Regional Economic Integration Organisation (“REIO”), representing Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and a select number of non-Member States, and 16 international governmental and...

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Singapore ratifies the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

On Thursday 2 June 2016, Ms Thian Yee Sze, Director-General of the Legal Group, Ministry of Law of Singapore, deposited Singapore’s instrument of ratification to the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements. The deposit took place during the meeting of the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. The ratification of the 2005 Convention by...

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Just published: Russian translation of the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the 1996 Child Protection Convention

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the recent publication of the Russian translation of the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague 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. The Permanent Bureau is very grateful to the Scientific and...

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Hague Conference and Mauritius sign an agreement to modernise intercountry adoption regime in line with the 1993 Hague Convention

On Friday 20 May 2016, the government of Mauritius and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law signed an agreement to assist Mauritius with modernising its intercountry adoption regime in line with the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Under the Agreement, an Expert will assist the...

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Malta IV Conference on Cross-Frontier Child Protection and Family Law

Valletta, Malta: From 2 to 5 May 2016, more than 130 senior government officials, judges and other experts from 34 countries, including Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Spain,...

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2007 Hague Child Support Convention: Practical Handbook for Caseworkers now available in all official EU languages

Thanks to the European Commission (DG Justice), the Practical Handbook for Caseworkers under the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance is now available in all official languages of the European Union. The Practical Handbook for Caseworkers has been published in English, French and other official languages of...

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