Conclusion of the XIXth Diplomatic Session

PRESS RELEASE - LEGAL New Hague Convention increases legal certainty for cross-border securities transactions The Hague, 13 December 2002 – For the financial markets, the exposures involved in cross-border securities transactions are extremely large – with securities worth hundreds of billions of dollars, Euros and Yen provided cross-border every day as collateral all around the globe. Until now, in many jurisdictions it has been somewhat alarmingly uncertain which law is applicable to cross-border securities transactions, leaving market participants exposed to a substantial amount of... read more


Secretary General of Hague Conference on private international law visits Hungary

From 17-19 November 2002, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on private international law, Mr Hans van Loon, paid an official visit to Budapest.Mr Van Loon met with the President of the Republic of Hungary, Dr Ferenc Mádl, at the Houses of Parliament. In the 1980s, Dr Mádl had represented Hungary at the negotiations in The Hague which led to the adoption by the Sixteenth Diplomatic Session of the Hague Convention of 1 August 1989 on the Law Applicable to Succession to the Estates of Deceased Persons.Further meetings took place with the Minister of Justice, Dr Péter Bárándy, as well... read more


Switzerland becomes 50th State Party to the Intercountry Adoption Convention.

On 24 September 2002, Switzerland 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, thus bringing the total number of Contracting States to fifty. The Convention will enter into force for Switzerland on 1 January 2003.... read more


Morocco ratifies the 1996 Protection of Children Convention

On 22 August 2002, Morocco deposited with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands its instrument of ratification of 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. Morocco became thus the first Muslim State to ratify a multilateral convention providing precise rules on the co-operation in respect of parental responsibility and the protection of children. Since the rules of the Convention are centred around the... read more


Albania joins the Hague Conference

On Tuesday, 4 June 2002, Albania, after having been admitted as a new Member State, accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference and has thus become the 61st Member State of the Organisation. Albania was already a Party to the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption. ... read more


Sixty Member States for the Hague Conference

On Wednesday, 29 May 2002, Panama, after having been admitted as a new Member State, accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference and has thus become the 60th Member State of the Organisation. Panama was already a Party to the Hague Conventions on legalisation, on child abduction, and on intercountry adoption. The Hague Conference has now 9 Member States in Latin America.... read more


South Africa accepts Hague Conference Statute

On Thursday, 14 February 2002, South Africa, after having been admitted as a new Member State, accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference and has thus become the 59th Member State of the Organisation. South Africa was already a Party to the Hague Conventions on the form of wills, on legalisation, on obtaining of evidence abroad, and on child abduction. ... read more



New Zealand accepts Hague Conference Statute

By Note dated 5 February 2002, the Embassy of New Zealand at The Hague informed the depositary of the Hague Conventions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, that it had accepted the Hague Conference Statute. New Zealand is the fifty-eighth State to join the Hague Conference on private international law, and is already a Party to the Hague Conventions on legalisation, child abduction and intercountry adoption.... read more


Slovenia signs and ratifies the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention

On 24 January 2002, Slovenia signed and ratified the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, thus bringing the total number of Contracting States to thirty-three. The Convention will enter into force for Slovenia on 1 May 2002. ... read more