Publication of Guide on Transfrontier Contact Concerning Children

Transfrontier Contact Concerning Children The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of General Principles and Guide to Good Practice on Transfrontier Contact Concerning Children. The purpose of this Guide is to draw attention to certain general considerations and special features which need to be borne in mind by States and their authorities when formulating policies in respect of international access/contact cases. The Guide provides an overall model or template for constructing an international system of co-operation designed to secure effective respect for rights of... read more


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, December 2008

Recently published: the quarterly update, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents: A new guide to good practice for intercountry adoption General Principles and Guide to Good Practice on Transfrontier Contact Concerning Children Download the full Briefing for December 2008 (extract from International Family Law, December 2008, pp. 258-259). ... read more


Dominican Republic accedes to Hague Apostille Convention

On Friday, 12 December 2008, the Dominican Republic deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). With this new accession, 95 countries are currently Contracting States to this Treaty. For information on the Competent Authority designated by the Dominican Republic under the Apostille Convention, please click here. ... read more


First Electronic Apostille in Europe

Another important step for the Electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP) The Superior Court of Murcia (Spain) recently issued the first electronic Apostille (e-Apostille) in Europe. This Apostille, issued within the framework of an international adoption procedure, is perfectly consistent with the model proposed under the e-APP. Please click here to read the press release from the Superior Court of Murcia. ... read more


International Adoption Round Table in Kyiv

International Round Table "Intercountry Adoption in Ukraine: International Law Implementation Issues" On 6 and 7 November 2008, an international Round Table was co-organised in Kyiv by the Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports (State Department for Adoption and Protection of Children Rights) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine). On the basis of discussions and consultations which took place during two working days, the Round Table considered appropriate to provide the following recommendations to... read more



Croatia signs 1996 Convention

On Thursday, 30 October 2008, the Republic of Croatia 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. This Convention is currently in force for fifteen States and has been signed by twenty more. ... read more


Third Asia Pacific Regional Conference

International Co-operation through Hague Conventions in the Asia Pacific The Third Asia Pacific Regional Conference, jointly organized by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hague Conference on Private International Law, was held in Hong Kong from 24 to 26 September 2008. Among the topics discussed were the latest work of the Hague Conference and the implementation in the Asia Pacific of the Hague Conventions drawn up in the fields of international judicial and administrative co-operation and cross-border family relations, including the protection of... read more


115th Anniversary HCCH - Hague Protection of Adults Convention soon to enter into force

On Thursday 18 September 2008, the 115th anniversary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was celebrated in the Academy Building, on the grounds of the Peace Palace, in The Hague. During the celebration, the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults received its third ratification. Consequently, the Convention has entered into force on 1 January 2009 for the following countries: France (ratification on 18 September 2008), Germany (ratification on 3 April 2007) and the United Kingdom (ratification, for Scotland only, on... read more


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, September 2008

Recently published: the quarterly update, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents: More efficient systems for dealing with international child abduction A post-convention service iChild INCASTAT INCADAT Objectives Download the full Briefing for September 2008 (extract from International Family Law, September 2008, pp. 185-186). ... read more