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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German version of the Guide to Good Practice No 2 “Accreditation and Adoption Accredited Bodies: General Principles and Guide to Good Practice”

Thanks to the Federal Office of Justice of Germany, which acts as the Central Authority for the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, the Guide to Good Practice No 2 “Accreditation and Adoption Accredited Bodies: General Principles and Guide to Good Practice”, is now also available in German. This Guide is also...

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Conference announcement: “Towards a Global Framework for International Commercial Transactions: Implementing the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts”

The University of Lucerne and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) are pleased to announce the holding of the Conference “Towards a Global Framework for International Commercial Transactions: Implementing the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts”. The conference will take place on Thursday 8 and Friday...

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Passing away of Professor Alfred von Overbeck

It is with deep regret that the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law learned of the passing away of Professor Alfred E. VON OVERBECK on 7 April 2016 at 91 years of age. Professor von Overbeck was a member of the Permanent Bureau from 1956 to 1965, serving first as Secretary and then as First Secretary. He was part of the Swiss delegation for the Twelfth...

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Norway signs and deposits its instrument of ratification to the 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children

On Wednesday 30 March 2016, Norway signed and deposited its instrument of ratification 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 44th Contracting State to this Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Norway on...

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Ukraine signs the 2005 Choice of Court Convention and the 2007 Hague Protocol

Today, Monday 21 March 2016, Ukraine signed the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (2005 Choice of Court Convention), as well as the Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (2007 Child Support Protocol). Ukraine is already a Contracting State to 10 Conventions, and has been a Member of the Hague Conference since December 2003. At...

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Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference – Conclusions & Recommendations

From 15 to 17 March 2016, Members of the Hague Conference gathered in The Hague for the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy. The Council was attended by 219 participants, a new record for this meeting, representing 69 Members, 2 Candidate States and observers from 12 IGO / NGOs. The Council reviewed the work of the Organisation carried out during the previous year and charted the...

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Republic of Moldova becomes the 81st Member of the Hague Conference; Republic of Kazakhstan seeks membership of the Organisation

Today, Wednesday 16 March 2016, during the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference, the Republic of Moldova deposited the instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, thus becoming the 81st Member of the Organisation. The Republic of Moldova is currently a Contracting State to eight Hague Conventions, including:...

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Costa Rica, the Philippines and Viet Nam join various Hague Conventions

Today, Wednesday 16 March 2016, during the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference, Costa Rica deposited the instruments of accession to the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention), for which it will become the 70th Contracting State, as well as the Convention of 25...

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