Nicaragua accedes to the 1970 Evidence and 1996 Child Protection Conventions

On 27 February 2019, Nicaragua deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (“Evidence Convention”). The Evidence Convention, which now has 62 Contracting Parties, will enter into force for Nicaragua on 28 April 2019. On the same day, Nicaragua also deposited its instrument of accession to...

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The Evidence Convention enters into force for Andorra

On 26 June 2017, the Hague Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention) entered into force for the Principality of Andorra. Having acceded to the Evidence Convention on 26 April 2017, Andorra became the 61st Contracting State to the Convention. Andorra has been a Member of the Hague Conference since 11 June 2015 and is...

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Andorra joins Hague Service and Evidence Conventions

On 26 April 2017, the Principality of Andorra deposited its instrument 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), and the Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention). Andorra thus becomes the 72nd...

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Kazakhstan joins the Hague Evidence Convention

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was today informed that on 26 September 2016, the Republic of Kazakhstan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention), making it the 60th Contracting State to the Convention. The Evidence Convention then entered...

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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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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...

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Experts’ Group on the Use of Video-Link and other Modern Technologies in the Taking of Evidence Abroad

From 2 to 4 December 2015, the Experts’ Group on the Use of Video-Link and other Modern Technologies in the Taking of Evidence Abroad met in The Hague for its first meeting. The Experts’ Group was attended by 39 experts, representing 26 States and two international organisations, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau. The full report of the Experts’ Group has been...

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Official Programme available for Service and Evidence Convention Anniversary Event in November

The final programme is now available for this one-day conference on 2 November 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Hague Service Convention and the 45th Anniversary of the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention. A downloadable copy of the programme is available here. As previously announced, the conference, which is entitled: "Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad: The...

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International conference on 'Cross Border Co-operation in Civil and Commercial Matters through Hague Conventions', Rabat

From 10 to 11 November 2014, an international conference, "Cross Border Co-operation in Civil and Commercial Matters through Hague Conventions" was held in Rabat, Morocco, to discuss the relevance and possible implementation of selected Hague Conventions in the field of international child protection (1980 Child Abduction, 1996 Child Protection, and 2007 Child Support Conventions), international...

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Special Commission meets in The Hague to review the practical operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions and considers draft Handbooks

A meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions concluded today after four days of constructive discussions among some 130 experts representing 53 States and several international governmental and non-governmental organisations. The agenda covered a range of issues relating to the three Conventions, which establish a...

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