Host Country Agreement with Argentina for Regional Office in Latin America enters into force

The Hague Conference is pleased to announce that the Embassy of the Argentine Republic formally notified the Secretary General that the Host Country Agreement regarding the establishment of the Organisation's Regional Office for Latin America in Buenos Aires became effective on 23 August 2013, immediately upon entry of the notification of the approval. In response to requests to expand...

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The 2007 Hague Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations comes into force

Today, 1 August 2013, the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (hereinafter the 2007 Hague Protocol) comes into force at the international level between Serbia and the European Union (all Member States of the European Union with the exception of Denmark and the United Kingdom). The Hague Conference on Private International Law is marking this...

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Dr Christophe Bernasconi officially assumes post of Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

Today Dr Christophe Bernasconi, former Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, has formally taken office as the Organisation's new Secretary General. He takes over from Mr Hans van Loon, who was Secretary General of the Hague Conference from 1996 until his retirement on 30 June 2013. Prior to becoming Secretary General, Mr Van Loon served as Secretary and...

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Farewell reception of Hague Conference Secretary General Hans van Loon

Hans van Loon hosts farewell reception at the Peace Palace in The Hague to mark his retirement as Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and present his successor Christophe Bernasconi After nearly 35 years of service at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and almost 17 years as Secretary General, Mr Hans van Loon will retire as Secretary...

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The Hague Conference celebrates its 120th anniversary

The Hague Conference on Private International Law - the oldest international institution in The Hague - celebrated its 120th Anniversary on Monday, 8 April 2013 with an event, The Hague Conference at 120: Today and the Future, held in in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Since its establishment in 1893, the Hague Conference has successfully undertaken efforts to build...

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HCCH International Family Law Briefings, March 2013

Recently published: quarterly updates, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents March 2013: Introduction The 2007 Hague Child Support Convention: an update Entry into Force Caseworker’s Practical Handbook Electronic...

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Official designation of new Secretary General

After nearly 35 years of service at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and almost 17 years as Secretary General, Mr Hans van Loon will retire as Secretary General of the Organisation on 30 June 2013. By decision of 13 March 2013, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has appointed Mr Christophe Bernasconi, currently Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference,...

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Former Deputy Secretary General William Duncan recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for his work with the Hague Conference

Professor William Duncan has been recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for his work on "the development of international law, particularly international child protection" in the context of his role as expert, delegate and Deputy Secretary General to the Hague Conference on Private International Law. After almost 14 years...

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Official opening of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong

The Hague Conference on Private International Law today celebrated the official opening of its new Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong. The Opening Ceremony took place in the Central District of Hong Kong Island at the Government House, the official residence of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Guests included the Secretary General of the Hague Conference,...

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HCCH International Family Law Briefings, September & November 2012

Recently published: quarterly updates, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents September 2012: Introduction Meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, 17 to 20 April 2012 ...

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