Proposal by the European Commission

The Commission of the European Communities presented a proposal (COM(2003)783) dated 15 December 2003 for a Council decision concerning the signing of the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary (the text of the proposal is available on the website of the European Union at: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/lip/latest/doc/2003/com2003_0783en01.doc)... read more


Ukraine joins the Hague Conference

Ukraine officially became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on Wednesday 3 December 2003. It was on this day that the instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was deposited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.Ukraine thus becomes the sixty-fourth Member of the Hague Conference. Ukraine is already a Party to the following Hague Conventions: the Convention of 1 March 1954 relating to civil procedure, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public... read more


Iceland joins the Hague Conference

Iceland officially became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on Friday 14 November 2003. It was on this day that the instrument of acceptance, signed by the President of Iceland, of the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was deposited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.Iceland thus becomes the sixty-third Member of the Hague Conference. Iceland is already a Party to the following Hague Conventions: the Convention of 17 July 1905 relating to civil procedure, the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of... read more


Greece signs and ratifies 1973 Maintenance (enforcement) Convention

On 13 November 2003, Greece signed and ratified the Hague Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Relating to Maintenance Obligations, thus bringing the total number of Contracting States to 21. The Convention will enter into force for Greece on 1 February 2004. ... read more


Protection of Adults Convention to receive its first ratification

On Wednesday, 5 November 2003, the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification, for Scotland, of the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults. The official signing ceremony took place a day earlier, at the British Ambassador's residence at The Hague, and was followed by a reception.The Convention, which had already been signed by the United Kingdom on 1 April 2003, provides for a system of co-operation between Contracting States concerning incapacitated persons. The increasing tendency for retired persons to move to other countries, leaving the... read more


President Mádl of Hungary celebrating HCCH's 110th Anniversary

    (Click the photos for a larger image)(1) arrival of President Mádl at the Peace Palace(2) from left to right.: Secretary General of the Hague Conference Hans van Loon, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, President Mádl, Chairman of the Standing Government Committee of Private International Prof. Teun Struycken, Deputy Secretary General Prof. William Duncan(3) from right to left: ICTY Vice-President Fausto Pocar, Iran/US Claims Tribunal President Krzysztof Skubiszewski, Supreme Court PG A.S. Hartkamp, Supreme Court President W.E. Haak, Mrs M.L.A. van... read more


Eighty Contracting States for the Legalisation Convention

On Wednesday, 3 September 2003, Albania deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, thus becoming the 80th State Party to this Convention. After the period of six months mentioned in Article 12 (in this case the expiry date will be 10 March 2004), the Convention will enter into force for Albania on 9 May 2004.... read more


India ratifies Intercountry Adoption Convention

 On the right: Mrs Jayati Chandra, Joint Secretary to the Government of India,Ministry of Social Justice & EmpowermentOn the left: Mr Debraj Pradhan, Minister at the Embassy of India at The HagueOn 6 June 2003, India 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 53. The Convention will enter into force for India on 1 October 2003. ... read more


United States of America Central Authority under the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters

By communication dated 1 October 2002, the Department of Justice of the United States of America informed the Permanent Bureau that it was finalising an award to a private process server company to assume the duties of the United States Central Authority pursuant to Article 2 of the 1965 Hague Service Convention. On 24 October 2002, the Permanent Bureau brought this communication to the attention of all the Member States of the Hague Conference and the non-Member States Parties to the Convention.By communication dated 15 April 2003, the Department of Justice of the United States of America... read more


1996 Convention signed by 14 EU Member States and Australia

On 1 April 2003, 14 European Union Member States, Australia and Switzerland signed 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. The Netherlands had already signed the Convention in 1997. The ceremony took place at the Peace Palace in The Hague, in the presence of Minister of Justice of the United Kingdom. On this same occasion, the United Kingdom signed the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults. This... read more