2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol enters into force for Ukraine

Today, 1 December 2022, the Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (Maintenance Obligations Protocol) entered into force for Ukraine, following the deposit of its instrument of ratification on 29 August 2022. At present, 31 States and the European Union are bound by the Maintenance Obligations Protocol. More information on this instrument is available on the...

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15th Anniversary of the 2007 Child Support Convention and its Protocol

Today, 23 November 2022, marks the 15th anniversary of the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (HCCH 2007 Child Support Convention) and the Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (HCCH 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol), following their adoption at the Twenty-First Session of...

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First Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention

From 9 to 11 November 2022, the First Meeting of the Special Commission (SC) on the Practical Operation of the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention was held in The Hague. The meeting was attended by over 100 participants, in person and via videoconference, representing Contracting Parties, HCCH Members, and Observers from intergovernmental and international non-governmental organisations, as well...

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Botswana accedes to the Child Abduction, Adoption and Child Support Conventions

Today, 14 November 2022, the Republic of Botswana deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Child Abduction Convention), the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention), and the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International...

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Malta signs the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention during the First Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Convention

Today, 11 November 2022, the Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights, signed, on behalf of the Republic of Malta, the  Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (2000 Protection of Adults Convention), during the first meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Convention. The 2000...

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10th Anniversary of ROAP – Workshop on HCCH Conventions Supporting Transnational Litigation in Civil or Commercial Matters

On 8 November 2022, the Permanent Bureau’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) had the pleasure of hosting the workshop “HCCH Conventions Supporting Transnational Litigation in Civil or Commercial Matters”, in partnership with the Department of Justice of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. The workshop was held during Hong Kong Legal Week 2022, in celebration of the...

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Protection of Adults Convention enters into force for Greece

Today, 1 November 2022, the Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (2000 Protection of Adults Convention) entered into force for the Hellenic Republic following the deposit of its instrument of ratification on 28 July 2022. The 2000 Protection of Adults Convention currently has 14 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the...

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Twelfth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 17 to 21 October 2022, the HCCH Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the twelfth time. The meeting, held in hybrid format, was attended by 34 experts in total, of which 15 attended in person. The experts represented 23 Member States, one Member Regional Economic Integration Organisation and two Observers. Several staff members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH also attended...

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Cabo Verde accedes to the Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 4 October 2022 the Republic of Cabo Verde deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Child Abduction Convention) and the Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility...

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