Austria signs the HCCH Service Convention

On 22 November 2019, Austria signed the HCCH Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention). The Service Convention, which currently has 75 Contracting Parties, will enter into force for Austria only after it has formally ratified the Convention (pursuant to Arts 26 and 27). More...

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International Seminar on the Protection of Children on the Move and Kafala

On 14 and 15 November 2019, the PB took part in the “International Seminar on the Protection of Children Across Borders: The 1996 HCCH Convention on the Protection of Children”, held at the Higher Institute of Magistrates in Rabat, Morocco. The Seminar was organised by the Ministry of Justice of Morocco, with technical support from UNICEF and the HCCH, and financial support from the...

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30th Anniversary of the UNCRC

Today, 20 November 2019, marks the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  Recognising the importance of this milestone in the development of children’s rights, the HCCH also wishes to recall the role played by the following HCCH Children’s Conventions and Protocol in the day-to-day implementation of the UNCRC worldwide:  ...

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Sixth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 29 October to 1 November 2019, the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the sixth time in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 22 Experts from different States, three observers and members of the Permanent Bureau.  The mandate of the Group is “to explore the feasibility of advancing work (…) on the private international law issues surrounding the status...

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iSupport – new EU grant

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH is pleased to announce a new successful EU Action Grant application for iSupport. This new project will be called iSupport ISD (Information, Statistics and Design), as it will aim to provide better information for parties and caseworkers, facilitate the production of statistics for Central Authorities and modernise the design of the software. iSupport is an...

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Palau accedes to the Apostille Convention

On 17 October 2019, the Republic of Palau deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (HCCH Apostille Convention). With the accession of Palau, the HCCH Apostille Convention now has 118 Contracting Parties; it will enter into force for Palau on 23 June 2020. Palau joins other small island...

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Now available: C&R of the 11th e-APP Forum

From 16 to 18 October 2019 the 11th International Forum on the electronic Apostille Programme (e-APP Forum) was held in Fortaleza, Brazil. Over 350 participants from over 40 Contracting and Non-Contracting Parties to the HCCH Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) attended this 11th Forum. The Conclusions and Recommendations...

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Available now: When Private International Law Meets Intellectual Property – A Guide for Judges

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that “When Private International Law Meets Intellectual Property – A Guide for Judges” (Guide), which is co-authored by Annabelle Bennett (Australia) and Sam Granata (Belgium), with the co-ordination of the Secretariats of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the HCCH, is now available in English. The French version...

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HCCH a|Bridged Edition 2019: Registration now open!

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural edition of HCCH a|Bridged, which will take place at the Academy Building on the grounds of the Peace Palace, in The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday 11 December 2019. HCCH a|Bridged will convene experts and stakeholders from around the world in The Hague to explore and debate the very latest in...

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1980 Child Abduction Convention enters into force for Barbados

On 1 October 2019, the HCCH Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Child Abduction Convention) entered into force for Barbados, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 11 July 2019. The Child Abduction Convention currently has 101 Contracting Parties. More information is available on the Child Abduction Section of the HCCH...

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