The Apostille Convention enters into force for Tunisia

On 30 March 2018, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Tunisia. Tunisia had acceded to the Apostille Convention on 10 July 2017. The Government of Tunisia has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (i.e. the Depositary) that a Competent Authority under...

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Council on General Affairs and Policy – Conclusions & Recommendations

From 13 to 15 March 2018, Members of the HCCH gathered in The Hague for the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy. The Council was attended by 171 participants, representing 63 Members, one REIO and observers from four IGOs / eight NGOs. The Council reviewed the work of the Organisation carried out during the previous year and charted the course for future work. It recognised...

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XXIst Volume of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter-Spring 2018)

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the publication of the XXIst Volume of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter-Spring 2018) with a special focus on ”The Seventh Meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention – 10-17...

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Portugal signs and ratifies the Adults Convention

On 14 March 2018, Portugal signed and deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (Adults Convention). With the signature and ratification of Portugal, the Adults Convention now has 11 Contracting Parties. The Adults Convention will enter into force for Portugal on 1 July 2018. Portugal has been a Member of the HCCH...

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Belarus ratifies Child Support Convention

On 8 March 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that on 16 February 2018, Belarus has deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). With the ratification of Belarus, the Child Support Convention now has 39 Contracting Parties. The...

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Annual Report of the HCCH 2017

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 Annual Report. More information on how to obtain a paper copy of the Annual Report is available here....

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Belgium begins issuing e-Apostilles

On 1st March 2018, the Belgian Competent Authorities have started to issue e-Apostilles. There will be a transitionary period until 1st May 2018, in which both paper and e-Apostilles will be issued. After this period, only e-Apostilles will only be issued, for both electronic and paper public documents. Once issued, the apostillised documents are sent to the requesting party by email (or to the...

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Adults Convention enters into force for Latvia

On 1 March 2018 the Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults entered into force for Latvia following the deposit of its instrument of ratification to the Convention on 6 December 2017. The Adults Convention currently has 10 Contracting Parties. Latvia has been a member of the Hague Conference since 1992 and is already a Contracting Party to 13 other Hague...

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The Service Convention enters into force for Tunisia

On 1 February 2018, the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention) entered into force for Tunisia, following its accession to the Convention on 10 July 2017. The Service Convention currently has 73 Contracting Parties. Tunisia has been a Member of the Hague Conference since 4...

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Apostille Handbook now available in German, Portuguese and Russian

German, Portuguese and Russian language versions of the Apostille Handbook (2013) are now available. The German version was provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (in consultation with the Swiss Federal Office of Justice and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice), the Portuguese version by the Attorney General of the Portuguese Republic, and the Russian...

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