Georgia accedes to the Service and Evidence Conventions

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 31 May 2021, Georgia 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). With the accession...

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Service Convention enters into force for the Marshall Islands

Today, 1 February 2021, the 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 the Republic of the Marshall Islands, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 29 July 2020. The Service Convention has 78 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is...

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HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2019: Publication now available!

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the launch of the post-event publication of the inaugural HCCH a|Bridged event. The publication is now available for download (in English only). The focus of HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2019 was the Service Convention in the Era of Electronic and Information Technology. Speakers and participants from around the world came together in The Hague and...

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Service Convention enters into force for the Philippines

Today, 1 October 2020, the HCCH 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 the Philippines, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 4 March 2020. The Service Convention currently has 78 Contracting Parties. The...

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Service Convention enters into force for Austria

On 12 September 2020, the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (HCCH Service Convention) entered into force for Austria following the deposit of its instrument of ratification on 14 July 2020. The HCCH Service Convention currently has 78 Contracting Parties.  Austria is a Member of the HCCH...

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Marshall Islands accedes to the Service Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 29 July 2020, the Republic of the Marshall Islands deposited its 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).  With the accession of the Marshall Islands, the Service Convention now has 78 Contracting Parties....

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Austria ratifies the Service Convention

On 14 July 2020, Austria deposited its instruments of ratification to the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention).  With the ratification of Austria, the Service Convention now has 77 Contracting Parties. The Service Convention will enter into force for Austria on 12 September 2020....

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New Members, new requests and new accessions

On 4 March 2020, during the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP), the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan, deposited their instruments of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming the 84th and 85th Members of the HCCH, respectively.  The Dominican Republic was represented at the ceremony by Mr Braulio Alcantara, Legal Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,...

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The Service Convention enters into force for Nicaragua

On 1 February 2020, the HCCH 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 Nicaragua, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 24 July 2019. Although not yet a Member State of the HCCH, Nicaragua is currently party to five other HCCH Conventions...

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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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