China joins the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention
Over 200 experts from 66 nations meet at The Hague to discuss the protection of children in intercountry adoption

Today, on the eve of a one week review meeting to discuss the practical operation of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Inter-country Adoption, the People’s Republic of China deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. China is the 67th State to join this global Convention. This Hague...

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International Symposium on the Hague Securities Convention in Seoul

The Korea Private International Law Association (KOPILA) & the Korea Securities Depository (KSD) are pleased to announce the holding of an important Seminar on the Hague Securities Convention. This Seminar, which is organised with the support of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea,...

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Paraguay accepts Hague Conference Statute

On Tuesday, 28 June 2005, Paraguay, after having been admitted as a new Member State, accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference and has thus become the 65th Member State of the Organisation. Paraguay was already a Party to two Hague Conventions - the 1980 Convention on international child abduction and the 1993 Convention on intercountry adoption. ...

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Ukraine - Official Visit of the Secretary General (25-27 May 2005)

From 25-27 May 2005, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference visited Kiev at the invitation of the Government of Ukraine. Ukraine became a Member of the Hague Conference on 3 December 2003, and this was the first visit of the Secretary General to Ukraine. He had extensive talks with the Minister of Justice, Mr Roman Zvarych, first on 25 May and then again on 26 May. He...

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1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention soon in force for 66 States

On Thursday, 26 May 2005, Belgium deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. With this ratification, Belgium became the 66th Contracting State to this Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Belgium on 1 September 2005....

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International Forum on e-Notarization and e-Apostilles

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and the International Union of Latin Notaries (IULN) are jointly organising an International Forum on e-Notarization and e-Apostilles. This Forum will be hosted by the National Notary Association of the United States of America (NNA) and will be held on 30 and 31 May 2005 in Las Vegas (Bally’s), Nevada, USA. Click here for more...

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Latin American Judges' Seminar

A Latin American Judges' Seminar is being held at Monterrey (Mexico) from 2-4 December 2004 under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Judges and other authorities from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and...

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20041130 HCCH Secretary General Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite

At a reception given at her residence on 30 November 2004, the Ambassador of France to the Netherlands, Her Excellency Mrs Anne Gazeau-Secret, on behalf of the President of the French Republic, conferred on Mr Hans van Loon, Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the insignia of Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite. On the same occasion, the French Ambassador...

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India accedes to 1961 Apostille Convention

On 26 October 2004, India deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention will enter into force for India on 14 July 2005.    ...

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10 Contracting States for the 1996 Protection of Children Convention

On 11 October 2004, the Republic of Slovenia deposited its instrument of ratification 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. With this ratification, Slovenia became the tenth Contracting State to this Convention. The Convention will enter...

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