Tenth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy  

From 15 to 19 November 2021, the HCCH Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the tenth time. The meeting was held via videoconference and was attended by 38 experts representing 23 Member States, one Regional Economic Integration Organisation and three Observers, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group discussed the form, structure...

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Russia signs the Judgments Convention

Today, 17 November 2021, the Russian Federation signed the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (Judgments Convention). Although the 2019 Judgments Convention is not yet in force, the Russian Federation is its fifth signatory. More information on this Convention is available on the Judgments Section of the HCCH website. ...

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Meeting of the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption

On 8 November 2021, the HCCH Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 43 participants representing 22 States, four Observers, and members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group has been working on developing a Toolkit aimed at preventing and addressing illicit practices in intercountry...

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HCCH a|Bridged - Edition 2021: Registration now open!

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that registration is now open for HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2021: Innovation in Transnational Litigation.  HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2021 will discuss contemporary issues relating to the application of the HCCH 2005 Choice of Court Convention, including the promotion of party autonomy and the establishment of international commercial...

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HCCH|Approach Global Event – Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Child Protection Convention

On 19 October 2021, the Permanent Bureau had the pleasure of hosting the HCCH|Approach Global Event. Held online in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the HCCH 1996 Child Protection Convention, the event featured a series of lectures by global experts, culminating in a live panel discussion by a distinguished group of representatives from government, practice and academia. A wide range of...

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First Meeting of the Working Group on Matters Related to Jurisdiction in Transnational Civil or Commercial Litigation

From 11 to 15 October 2021, the Working Group on Matters Related to Jurisdiction in Transnational Civil or Commercial Litigation met for the first time. The meeting, held via videoconference, was attended by over 60 participants representing 28 HCCH Members and two Observers, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group, under the chairmanship of Professor Keisuke Takeshita...

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Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Apostille Convention

From 5 to 8 October 2021, the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Apostille Convention met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by over 350 delegates, representing HCCH Members, non‑Member Contracting Parties, and Observers from non‑Member States, intergovernmental and international non‑governmental organisations, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau. The first day...

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Indonesia accedes to the Apostille Convention on its 60th Anniversary

Today, 5 October 2021, the Republic of Indonesia deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The ceremony was held on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Convention as part of the Fifth Meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Apostille...

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12th International Forum on the electronic Apostille Programme

Today, 4 October 2021, the 12th International Forum on the electronic Apostille Programme (e-APP Forum) was held via videoconference. The e-APP Forum convenes global experts and stakeholders to discuss the latest developments and best practices in relation to the e‑APP. The 12th International Forum featured presentations from 14 Contracting Parties to the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing...

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