Third Russian Seminar held in Ekaterinburg

On 15 and 16 May 2008, a seminar on the implementation of the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters and the Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters was held in Ekaterinburg. This seminar was the third in a series of Russian seminars: the...

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Third signature for the Hague Securities Convention

On Monday, 28 April 2008, the Hague Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in respect of Securities held with an Intermediary was signed by Mauritius. The instrument of ratification will be desposited at a later date. The Convention has not yet entered into force....

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4th ASEAN Law Forum in Ha Noi

Fourth Law Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) On 8 and 9 April 2008, the Fourth ASEAN Law Forum on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Justice of Viet Nam, was attended by experts from the ASEAN Member States - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,...

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Colombani Report on Adoption

On 19 March 2008, Jean-Marie Colombani, former chairman and chief executive of Le Monde, delivered his Report on Adoption (Rapport sur l’adoption) to the French President, Mr Sarkozy. Mr Sarkozy had requested Mr Colombani in October 2007 to examine whether the procedures and administrative structures put in place in France were adequate, firstly to deal with adoption, and in particular...

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India accepts HCCH Statute

On Thursday, 13 March 2008, India deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference, and thus became the 69th Member of the Organisation. India - a federal State consisting of 28 states and 7 union states, and with a population of 1.14 billion inhabitants - is already a Party to the following Hague Conventions:  Convention of 5...

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USA joins 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

On Wednesday, 12 December 2007, the United States of America deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, which it had already signed on 31 March 1994. In accordance with its Article 46(2)(a), the 1993 Convention will enter into force for the US on 1 April 2008. Present at the...

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Twenty-First Diplomatic Session adopts new Hague Convention and Protocol

On Friday, 23 November 2007 the new Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and a Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations were adopted by the Twenty-First Diplomatic Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The major features of the new Maintenance Convention are: A broadly based system for the...

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Second IIN-HCCH Meeting of Governmental Experts on International Child Abduction by one of their Parents

The Second Meeting of Governmental Experts on International Child Abduction by one of their Parents took place in Buenos Aires from 19 to 21 September 2007. Participants were mainly Judges and Central Authority officers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of...

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