The Republic of Korea accedes to the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

On Thursday, 13 December 2012, the Republic of Korea deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The deposit was followed by the designation of a Central Authority under this Convention. The ceremony was attended by Mr Park Chull-joo, Minister-Counsellor, and Ms Sejin Lee, Legal Officer and Second Secretary, from the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea in the Hague, as well as by Mr Damoiseaux, Head of the Treaties Division and Mr Van Eijndhoven, Head of Publication Section from... read more


Official opening of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong

The Hague Conference on Private International Law today celebrated the official opening of its new Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong. The Opening Ceremony took place in the Central District of Hong Kong Island at the Government House, the official residence of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Guests included the Secretary General of the Hague Conference, as well as a number of senior officials including the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, and the... read more


Experts from 21 States and from International Organisations met in Dakar to discuss the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention and its implementation in Francophone Countries of origin in Africa and the Caribbean

As a follow up to the first Francophone Seminar held in The Hague (Netherlands) in June 2009, the Hague Conference, in partnership with the Governments of France, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland organised a four-day workshop on the implementation and operation of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption ("the Convention") in certain francophone countries of origin in Africa and the Caribbean. The workshop took place in Dakar (Senegal) from 27 to 30 November 2012 and gathered more than 60... read more


Conclusion of the first meeting of the Special Commission on Choice of Law in International Contracts

On 16 November 2012, experts from 59 States, the European Union, and a number of international and non-governmental organisations concluded the first meeting of the Special Commission on Choice of Law in International Contracts by unanimously agreeing to recommend that the Hague Conference on Private International Law finalise the draft Hague Principles on the Choice of Law in International Contracts ("draft Hague Principles"). The development of the Hague Principles will reinforce party autonomy via global rules pertaining to the choice of law in international commercial... read more


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, September & November 2012

Recently published: quarterly updates, 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 September 2012: Introduction Meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, 17 to 20 April 2012 Publication of the Guide to Good Practice on Mediation under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention An update from the Hague Conference's Regional Office in Latin America A seminar on the work... read more


Bosnia and Herzegovina third State to ratify the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention

On 25 October 2012, the depositary of the Hague Conventions received the instrument of ratification of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. In accordance with its Article 60, the Convention will enter into force for Bosnia and Herzegovina on 1 February 2013. ... read more


Secretary General honoured by the Asociación Americana de Derecho Internacional Privado (ASADIP)

During the Jornadas ASADIP meeting which took place in Lima, Peru from 8 to 10 November 2012, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was honoured for his longstanding contributions to private international law and the protection of children in the region of Latin America. The Secretary General received a plaque engraved with the following text: The ASADIP, at its meeting in the city of Lima, Peru, where the Treaty of Lima of 1878 was adopted, wishes to honor Dr. Hans van Loon, in recognition of his important contribution to the development of... read more


Over 160 Experts from 75 States and International Organisations attend meeting on the practical operation of the Apostille Convention

From 6 to 9 November 2012, over 160 experts from 75 States and international organisations all over the world participated in the third meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The Apostille Convention is the most widely ratified Hague Convention to date, with 104 Contracting States. Its popularity is due in large part to its relevance to the lives of citizens and cross-border business. The Convention is responsible for dramatically... read more


Tobias Asser's Inaugural Address 1862-2012

At the initiative of Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, a commemoration was held on Saturday 20 October at the Agnietenkapel in Amsterdam, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the lecture delivered by Tobias Asser as professor at the Athenaeum Illustre (now University) of Amsterdam on 20 October 1862 in the same Agnietenkapel. Prof. Hirsch Ballin commemorated Asser's achievements with a historical-sociological presentation, which, together with an English translation of Asser's inaugural address, was published by T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, with the title A mission for his time -... read more


The Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law awarded to Professor Louise Ellen Teitz

Professor Louise Ellen Teitz was presented with the Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law by the American Bar Association Section of International Law on 19 October 2012 during the Section's Fall Meeting in Miami. The award, given annually, honours Ms Teitz's distinguished, long-standing contributions to the development of private international law. Previous distinguished recipients of the prize, associated with the Hague Conference or its work, include: Peter D. Trooboff, Mary Helen Carlson, David Stewart, Harold S. Burman, Adair Dyer, Professor Arthur von Mehren,... read more