Swiss Government recommends quick ratification of Hague Securities Convention

At its meeting of 15 November 2006, the Swiss Federal Council approved the Message relating to the Draft Federal Intermediated Securities Act and the Hague Convention of 5 July 2006 on Intermediated Securities. The official press release expressly mentions that the Message “takes into account the needs of current operations involving securities and increases legal certainty. The attraction of Switzerland is thus being reinforced against the competition of other financial markets.” Switzerland signed the Convention on 5 July 2006 (together with the USA). The Convention, however, has not yet... read more


On 10 November 2006, the Ministers of Justice of the Member States of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela), as well as of the Associate States Chile and Bolivia, signed a declaration encouraging States of the region which have not already done so to ratify/accede to the Hague Apostille, Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions. The official text of the Declaration in Spanish, signed by the parties concerned, is now available on this website.... read more

Inter-American Expert Meeting on International Child Abduction

The Hague, 10 November 2006Experts from the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) co-ordinated the Inter-American expert meeting on international child abduction, which was attended by national experts from the following States: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, United States of America and Uruguay. Read here the Conclusions and Recommendations of this meeting. [Spanish version]... read more

Denmark ratifies Apostille Convention

On Monday, 30 October 2006, Denmark deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). With this ratification, the Convention will soon be in force for 91 States, among which all the Member States of the European Union. In conformity with Article 11, the Convention will enter into force for Denmark on 29 December 2006.... read more

Milestones for the Apostille Convention: Republic of Korea becomes the 90th Contracting State and all EU-Member States soon to be party to the Convention

By depositing its instrument of accession, the Republic of Korea today became the 90th Contracting State of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Hague Apostille Convention). The Convention will enter into force for Korea on 14 July 2007. Korea’s accession sets a new benchmark for Hague Conventions in general and further emphasises the global practical importance of the Apostille Convention in particular. The recent accessions of the Republic of Moldova (19 June 2006) and Georgia (21 August 2006), as well as... read more

Launch of Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship

On Friday, 15 September 2006, the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship was launched by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the International Law Association (Australian Branch) in Sydney. This award enables an Australian student or graduate of law to fulfill a sponsored internship with the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands. Present at the launch were, i.a., the Solicitor-General of Australia Mr David Bennett, the Dutch Ambassador His Excellency Mr Niek van Zutphen, and the Dutch Consul-General in Sydney, Mrs Margarita Bot. [click to... read more

African Judicial Seminar at The Hague

 [photograph reproduced with the permission of John Thuring of Fotobureau Thuring b.v.]  In response to the exponential growth of the geographical span and number of States and individuals affected by cross border child protection issues the Permanent Bureau has been carrying out exploratory work in Southern and Eastern Africa in the context of the Hague Project for International Co-operation and the Protection of Children in the Southern and Eastern African Region - the role of the Hague Conventions in the practical implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the... read more

Hague Conference receives Children's Champion Award

On 1 August 2006, William Duncan, Deputy Secretary General, and Philippe Lortie, First Secretary, received on behalf of the Hague Conference NCSEA's Children's Champion Award, on the occasion of NCSEA's 55th Annual Training Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas, "in recognition of their outstanding contributions that promote and strengthen child support enforcement internationally".... read more

Switzerland and the United States sign Hague Securities Convention

United States and Switzerland first to signHague Treaty providing legal certainty to modern forms of holding and transferring of securities 1. The United States and Switzerland, which represent two of the world's foremost financial markets, today jointly signed the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary.    2. The signature of this novel multilateral treaty (widely known as "the Hague Securities Convention”) marks an important step in the development of the new legal infrastructure needed to match... read more

Secretary General visits Latin America

Co-operation with MERCOSUR Agreement with Inter-American Children’s Institute I     On the invitation of the “Comisión Técnica” of the Ministers of Justice of MERCOSUR and its Associate Members, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference (HCCH) on 8 June 2006 participated in the meeting of the Comisión in Buenos Aires (Argentina is chairing MERCOSUR from 1 January to 30 June 2006). The meeting was attended by high level experts from the original MERCOSUR Member States (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – all Members of the HCCH) and from the Associate... read more