HCCH International Family Law Briefings, December 2009

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: Working Party on Mediation in the Context of the Malta Process The November 2009 meeting of Special Commission on the implementation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and its Protocol Download the full Briefing for December 2009 (extract from International Family Law, December 2009, pp. 269-270). ... read more


Dominican Republic joins 1996 Protection of Children Convention

On 14 December 2009, the Dominican Republic deposited its instrument of accession 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. The Convention will enter into force for the Dominican Republic on 1 October 2010. ... read more


50 Contracting States for the Hague Evidence Convention

On 14 December 2009, the Republic of Korea deposited the instrument of accession 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 the Republic of Korea on 12 February 2010. Please consult the status table for information about declarations and reservations made at the time of accession. ... read more


First Meeting of Latin American Judges of the International Hague Network of Judges

The First Meeting of Latin American Judges of the International Hague Network of Judges took place on 4 December 2009. The following Latin American States were represented at the meeting: Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. In addition, other judges that had been invited from Paraguay, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela were in attendance. As a corollary of the work, and with the aim to facilitate the dialogue between the Latin American Network Judges and US Network Judges, a video conference was held at the US Embassy... read more


Uruguay signs and ratifies 1996 Hague Convention

On 17 November 2009, 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 was signed and ratified by Uruguay. The Convention will enter into force for Uruguay on 1 March 2010. ... read more


States strengthen co-operation on international child support

Press release  Representatives from over 50 States and the European Community have agreed on a number of practical measures and principles to promote and implement a new Convention on the recovery of international child support. The Special Commission of States, which concluded in The Hague today, heard that the European Community, as well as a number of States such as the United States of America, were actively working towards ratifying the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance.  The Convention was... read more


Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention soon to be in force for 81 States

After the signature and ratification by Greece on 2 September 2009, two more countries have joined the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption: Cape Verde (4 September 2009) and the Republic of Togo (12 October 2009). The Convention will enter into force for Cape Verde on 1 January 2010, for Togo on 1 February 2010. ... read more


Second ratification for the Hague Securities Convention

On 15 October 2009, the Republic of Mauritius deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary. The Convention, which is open for all States, needs only one more ratification or accession in order to enter into force. ... read more


Croatia accedes to Hague Evidence Convention

On Thursday 1 October 2009, Croatia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at The Hague. The Evidence Convention will enter into force for Croatia on 30 November 2009. ... read more


Minister of Justice and Law Reforms of Sri Lanka visits the Permanent Bureau

On Monday 28 September 2009, H.E. Mr Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Justice and Law Reforms of Sri Lanka visited the Permanent Bureau in The Hague. The Minister was accompanied by H.E. Ms Grace Asirwatham, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the Netherlands and Mr Senarath Dissanayake, First Secretary at the Embassy. The visit coincided with the 8-year anniversary of Sri Lanka’s membership of the Hague Conference. Among the topics discussed was Sri Lanka’s participation in a number of Hague Conventions and the possibility of Sri Lanka becoming a Party to several other Hague... read more