Saudi Arabia seeks membership in the Hague Conference

On Tuesday 9 February 2016, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law formally opened the six month period for existing Member States to vote on the proposal of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to admit Saudi Arabia as a new Member of the Organisation. The Netherlands presented its proposal in response to interest expressed by Saudi Arabia in joining the Hague Conference. With this request, Saudi Arabia becomes the 148th State "connected" to the Hague Conference. ... read more


Vacancy for a Website / IT Officer

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is currently seeking a full-time Website / Information Technology (IT) Officer, as per 1 April 2016. Click here for more information. ... read more


Just published: Practical Handbooks on the Operation of the Service and Evidence
Conventions

  The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law has the honour to announce that the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Service Convention (4th edition) and the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Evidence Convention (3rd edition) have been published today, Thursday 28 January 2016, on the Hague Conference website. Both publications are now available for sale to the general public in e-Book format on the newly created electronic publications platform of the Hague Conference website, which is accessible via the following... read more


Serbia joins the 1996 Hague Protection of Children Convention

On Friday 15 January 2016, Serbia deposited its instrument of accession to 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 and thus became the 43rd Contracting State to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Serbia on 1 November 2016. Serbia is now a Contracting State to 12 Conventions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the... read more


Montenegro joins the Hague Child Support Convention

On 24 December 2015, the Permanent Bureau received notification that on 2 December 2015, Montenegro deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. The Convention will enter into force for Montenegro on 1 January 2017. With this accession, the Hague Child Support Convention counts 33 Contracting States. ... read more


Chile joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On 16 December 2015, Chile deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Chile on 30 August 2016, making it the 112th Contracting State to the Convention. At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (i.e. the Depositary), H.E. Ms María Teresa Infante, Ambassador of Chile, and Third Secretary Mr Juan Enrique Loyer... read more


Australia launches a Category 2 e-Register

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 On 14 December 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Commonwealth of Australia launched a Category 2 e-Register as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The e-Register is available at https://orao.dfat.gov.au/pages/verifyapostille.aspx.   The Permanent Bureau would like to congratulate the Government of... read more


Namibia joins the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention

Today, 10 December 2015, the Permanent Bureau received notification that on 21 September 2015, Namibia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Convention will enter into force for Namibia on 1 January 2016. With Namibia's accession, the Hague Adoption Convention counts 96 Contracting States, 18 of them from Africa. The Intercountry Adoption Convention is the second Hague Convention joined by Namibia (a non-Member State). The Permanent Bureau is delighted to welcome... read more


International Family Law, Legal Co-operation and Commerce: Promoting the Rule of Law and Cross-Border Trade in MENA Countries

From 8 to 9 December 2013, approximately 45 experts from Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as government officials and judges from Germany, academic experts from Canada and the United Kingdom and members of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, met to discuss the relevance of a number of Hague Conventions to the States of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. The Hague Conference and the Deutsche Stiftung für Rechtliche Zusammenarbeit (IRZ) organised this seminar, with the generous support of the Ministry of Justice... read more


Ukraine launches a Category 2 e-Register

On 20 November 2015, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine launched a Category 2 e-Register as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The e-Register is available at http://apostille.minjust.gov.ua/en/index. This is the second e- Register implemented by Ukraine, the first was put in place in 2013 by the Ministry of Education and Science (click here). The Ministry of Justice is one of the four Competent... read more