Latin American Judges' Seminar

A Latin American Judges' Seminar is being held at Monterrey (Mexico) from 2-4 December 2004 under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Judges and other authorities from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela will be meeting to discuss hypothetical cases and a number of themes related to the Hague Child Abduction Convention. Click here to read the Conclusions of the Monterrey Seminar. A... read more


 HCCH Secretary General Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite

At a reception given at her residence on 30 November 2004, the Ambassador of France to the Netherlands, Her Excellency Mrs Anne Gazeau-Secret, on behalf of the President of the French Republic, conferred on Mr Hans van Loon, Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the insignia of Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite. On the same occasion, the French Ambassador conferred the insignia of Officier de la Légion d'honneur upon Mr W.E. Haak, former President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, and the insignia of Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite on... read more


India accedes to 1961 Apostille Convention

On 26 October 2004, India deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention will enter into force for India on 14 July 2005.    ... read more


E-Commerce Conference

During the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH ), the Dutch Government and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC ) will jointly host a conference in The Hague on 26 and 27 October 2004 on the legal issues raised by electronic commerce. The conference will focus on the areas of private law and private international law, but other areas such as international tax law will also be addressed. The conference aims at raising general awareness, including politi- cal awareness, of the vast range of legal questions raised by... read more


10 Contracting States for the 1996 Protection of Children Convention

On 11 October 2004, the Republic of Slovenia deposited its instrument of ratification to 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. With this ratification, Slovenia became the tenth Contracting State to this Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Slovenia on 1 February 2005.... read more


Japan and the Hague Conference: a relationship of 100 years

On Thursday, 23 September 2004, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference and the Ambassador of Japan at The Hague jointly hosted a reception to celebrate the centennial of the participation of Japan in the Hague Conference. The reception was held at the Peace Palace at The Hague. Both Secretary General Hans van Loon and Ambassador Koike commemorated the 100 years' relationship in their respective speeches, which have been made available on this website:             ... read more


1970 Evidence Convention soon in force for Turkey

On 13 August 2004, Turkey deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters. The Convention will enter into force for Turkey on 12 October 2004.... read more


The Cook Islands accede to the Apostille Convention

On 30 April 2005, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents will enter into force for the Cook Islands, thus bringing the total of Contracting States to this Convention to 84.... read more


Three ratifications for the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention

On 19 March 2004, Portugal deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption. On 29 April 2004 and 12 May 2004, respectively, Thailand and Madagascar both signed and ratified this same Convention. The dates of entry into force for these countries are as follows: for Portugal: 1 July 2004, for Thailand: 1 August 2004, and for Madagascar: 1 September 2004.... read more


Mr T. Bradbrooke Smith QC Commander of Orange-Nassau

PRESS RELEASE  Yesterday, 19 April 2004, at the residence of the Netherlands Ambassador in Ottawa, Mr T. Bradbrooke ("Brad") Smith QC received the insignia of the Royal Honour of Commander Orange-Nassau (Commandeur van Oranje-Nassau) from the Netherlands Ambassador in Canada, Mr J.G.S.T.M. van Hellenberg Hubar. Brad Smith received this high honour for his invaluable contribution to the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the leading Organisation in the world for the unification of private international law, including international co-operation in civil and... read more