New office space for the Permanent Bureau

On 13 December 2001, the Mayor of The Hague, Mr W. Deetman, officially opened the newly built office space in the former attic of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference by revealing a plate which recalls the generous contribution from the Government of the Netherlands to the funding of this project.... read more


Russian Federation rejoins the Hague Conference

On 6 December 2001, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr Alexander Georgievich Khodakov, deposited the instrument of acceptance by his country of the Statute of the Hague Conference on private international law, in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 1, of the Statute, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. As a result, all States (or their successor States) which participated in one or more of the first six Sessions of the Conference prior to the adoption of the Statute at the Seventh Session in 1951, have now rejoined the Conference.The Russian... read more



Secretary General of Hague Conference on private international law to receive Doctorate honoris causa

PRESS RELEASE The Secretary General of The Hague Conference on private international law, Mr Hans van Loon, will receive a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Osnabruck during a ceremony to be held on Friday 2 November 2001.The Council of the Faculty of Law of the University decided, on 29 January 2001, to recognise Mr van Loon's contribution to the development of private international law in general and to the protection of children in particular.The Faculty of Law of the University of Osnabruck, directed by Professor Dr Christian von Bar, has a long-standing association with the... read more


Hague Conference has now 56 Member States

On 23 October 2001, Lithuania, after having been admitted as a new Member State, accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference and has thus become the 56th Member State of the Organisation. Lithuania was already a Party to the Hague Conventions on legalisation, on service abroad of documents, on obtaining of evidence abroad, on maintenance obligations (applicable law), on access to justice, and intercountry adoption.... read more


Hague Conference has now 55 Member States

On 27 September 2001, Sri Lanka, after having been admitted as a new Member State, accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference and has thus become the 55th Member State of the Organisation. Sri Lanka was already a Party to the Hague Conventions on service abroad of documents, obtaining of evidence abroad, international child abduction, and intercountry adoption. ... read more


Third ratification and entry into force of the 1996 Hague Convention on protection of children

On 21 September 2001, the Slovak Republic ratified 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. Since the Slovak Republic is the third ratifying State, the Convention will enter into force for Monaco, the Czech Republic (the two other States having ratified) and the Slovak Republic on 1 January 2002. ... read more


Secretary General of Hague Conference on private international law to receive US Congress award

PRESS RELEASE The Secretary General of The Hague Conference on private international law, Mr Hans van Loon, will receive the national "Angel in Adoption 2001" award from the US Congressional Coalition on Adoption, on 11 September 2001 in Washington D.C, during the annual "Angels in Adoption" banquet.Through this event, Members of the US Congress recognise outstanding contributions in adoption. In addition to "Regional angels", who have helped children in need of families through adoption in their own states, "National angels" are selected to recognise individuals who have had an impact on... read more



Acceptance of the Statute

On 1 August 2001, it was established that Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a Member of the Conference on that date with retroactive effect as from 7 June 2001.... read more