Cyprus ratifies the Adults Convention

On 9 July 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that Cyprus had deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (Adults Convention) on 4 July 2018. With the ratification of Cyprus, the Adults Convention now has 12 Contracting Parties. The Adults Convention will enter into force for Cyprus on 1 November 2018. ...

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Meeting of the Experts’ Group on Recognition and Enforcement of Agreements in Family Matters

On 28 and 29 June 2018, the Experts’ Group on cross-border recognition and enforcement of agreements in family disputes involving children held its fourth meeting at the Permanent Bureau. The meeting was attended by 16 experts and members of the Permanent Bureau under the chairmanship of Professor Paul Beaumont from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (UK). The Experts’ Group...

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The Protection of Adults Convention enters into force for Portugal

The Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults entered into force for Portugal on 1 July 2018. Upon ratification of the Convention on 14 March 2018, Portugal became the 11th State to be bound by the Convention.  More information is available on the Protection of Adults section of the website.  Portugal has been a Member of the HCCH...

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Fiji accedes to the Protection of Children Convention

On 8 June 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that Fiji had deposited its instrument of accession 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 on the 5 June 2018.  With the accession of Fiji, the 1996 Child Protection...

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The Child Support Convention enters into force for Belarus

The Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance entered into force for Belarus on 1 June 2018. Upon ratification of the Convention on 16 February 2018, Belarus became the 38th State to be bound by the Convention. More information is available on the Child Support Section of the Hague Conference website. ...

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Denmark accedes to the Choice of Court Convention

On 31 May 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that Denmark had deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention) on 30 May 2018. With the accession of Denmark, the Choice of Court Convention now has 31 Contracting Parties, including one REIO. The Choice of Court Convention will enter into force for...

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HCCH-UNICEF South Asia Workshop on Role of The Hague Conventions in Cross-Border Child Protection in the Region

From 29 to 31 May 2018, 31 governmental experts from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, UNICEF representatives from these countries as well as from the Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), representatives from the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), the International Social Services (ISS) and three independent consultants met...

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iSupport - Third successful EU Action Grant Application

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce a third successful EU Action grant Application for iSupport. This new project will be called iSupport PM (Promotion and Maintenance), as it will aim at enlarging the number of participating jurisdictions and provide for the continued operation of iSupport. iSupport is an electronic case management and...

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Conclusion of the fourth meeting of the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

From 24 to 29 May 2018, the Special Commission on the Judgments Project met in The Hague. The Special Commission was attended by 167 participants from 55 Member States and one Member Regional Economic Integration Organisation (“REIO”). Also in attendance, as observers, were two non-Member States, and 11 international governmental and non-governmental organisations. The Special...

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