Three States join the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

In December 2013, the following three States have joined the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption: Croatia (5 December), Haiti (16 December) and Serbia (18 December). The Convention will enter into force for all three States on 1 April 2014. ... read more


Paraguay accedes to the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention

On 10 December 2013, Paraguay 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").The Convention will enter into force for Paraguay on 30 August 2014. ... read more


The Hague Conference publishes the General Principles for Judicial Communications

This document represents the latest version of Emerging Guidance regarding the development of the International Hague Network of Judges and a set of General Principles for Judicial Communications within the context of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (hereinafter the "1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention") and the International Hague Network of Judges, including commonly accepted safeguards for direct judicial communications in specific cases. The creation of the International Hague Network of Judges specialising in... read more


Latin American meeting on the international protection of children and the recovery of maintenance abroad

From 4 until 6 December 2013, officials from National Organs, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Justice, State Attorneys, representatives of the Judiciary, Members of the International Hague Network of Judges, Central Authorities, Childhood Authorities and academics from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain and Uruguay, met in Santiago, Chile, for the Latin American Meeting on the International Protection of Children and the Recovery of Maintenance Abroad. The Santiago... read more


Bar Associations lend support to the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

Normal 0 21 false false false NL X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein, or DAV) has encouraged the European Union to ratify the Choice of Court Convention. In a statement released in October 2013 (official version in German; a courtesy translation performed by the Permanent Bureau can be found here), the DAV, which represents the interests of the German bar at the national, European and international level, emphasised the significance of the Convention for EU litigants, and recommended that the EU extend the... read more


HCCH International Family Law Briefings, December 2013

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 December 2013: Introduction The Hague’s International City of Peace and Justice Missions and related developments in the area of International Family Law Conference celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges (17 to 19 July 2013) Background information Conclusions and Recommendations The scope of DJC ... read more


30th Anniversary of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

On 1 December 1983, the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction entered into force, with Canada, France and Portugal as the first three Contracting States. Since then, in the time leading up to this year’s 30th anniversary, an additional 87 States have joined the Convention, an increase of 30 times the original number. The Hague Child Abduction Convention is considered to be one of the most important international instruments in force for the protection of the interests of children in cross-border family disputes. In addition to... read more


Albania joins the 1961 Hague Form of Wills Convention

On 25 October 2013, the depositary of the Hague Conventions received the instrument of accession of Albania to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Conflicts of Laws Relating to the Form of Testamentary Dispositions. The Convention, which now counts 42 Contracting States, will enter into force for Albania on 24 December 2013. ... read more


Just published: Tome II of the Proceedings of the Twentieth Session - Judgments

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that the volume of the Proceedings of the Twentieth Session, Tome II, Judgments has recently been published. National Organs and Contact Organs of Members and participants in the Twentieth Session (14 to 30 June 2005) will receive copies of the Tome in the coming weeks. All others can order Tome II. This book can be ordered online through Intersentia Publishing. ... read more


Armenia seeks membership in the Hague Conference

On 8 November 2013, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law formally opened the six month period for existing Members to vote on the proposal of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to admit the Republic of Armenia as a new Member of the Organisation. The Netherlands presented its proposal in response to interest expressed by this State in joining the Hague Conference.  Under the Hague Conference Statute, existing Members have six months to submit their vote on the proposal, in this case until 6 May 2014. Once the voting period... read more