King Willem-Alexander joins HCCH for 125th Anniversary Celebrations

On Wednesday 12 September, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands joined the HCCH for a commemorative ceremony to celebrate its 125th anniversary year at Diligentia theatre in The Hague. Since its establishment in 1893, the Hague Conference has successfully built bridges between diverse legal systems and facilitate cross-border co-operation in civil and commercial matters. By...

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125 YEARS HCCH

On 12 September 1893, Tobias Asser, Dutch Jurist, Scholar and Statesman, realised a vision: he opened the first Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). Today, exactly 125 years later, the HCCH celebrates Asser’s vision and the occasion of this First Session with a solemn ceremony in the presence of his Majesty The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. ...

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Cuba accedes to 1980 Child Abduction Convention; Paraguay accedes to 1996 Child Protection Convention; Philippines accedes to 1961 Apostille Convention

On 12 September 2018, Cuba, Paraguay and the Philippines joined various Hague Conventions, coinciding with the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the “HCCH”).  Cuba deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International...

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“Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific”

From 4 to 7 September 2018, the “Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific” was held in Bangkok, Thailand. This Workshop was co-organised by the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and Pacific (EAPRO) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), with the support of Child Redress. Over 50 professionals, including government officials,...

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Choice of Court Convention enters into force for Denmark

On 1 September 2018, the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (hereinafter the “Choice of Court Convention”) entered into force for Denmark, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 30 May 2018. At the time of its accession, and in accordance with Art. 21 of the Choice of Court Convention, Denmark made a declaration to exclude certain...

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Choice of Court Convention enters into force for Montenegro

On 23 August 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that Montenegro had deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention) on 18 April 2018. Following this ratification the Choice of Court Convention entered into force for Montenegro on 1 August 2018. With Montenegro’s ratification, the Choice of...

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Latin American Meeting on the Implementation and Operation of the Hague Conventions on Legal Co-operation and International Child Protection

From 13 to 15 August 2018, the Latin American Meeting on the Implementation and Operation of the Hague Conventions on Legal Co-operation and International Child Protection was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This meeting is part of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the HCCH. The meeting was attended by 180 participants, including representatives of National Organs and Central...

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Guyana acceeds to the Apostille Convention – 152nd State connected to the HCCH

On 16 August 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that the Co-operative Republic of Guyana had deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) on the 19 July 2018.  With the accession of Guyana, the Apostille Convention now has 116 Contracting Parties; it...

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The Child Protection Convention enters into force for Honduras

Today, 1 August 2018, the 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 (hereinafter the “Child Protection Convention”) entered into force for Honduras, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 16 October 2017. The...

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1993 Hague Convention: Note on Habitual Residence and translation of Guide to Good Practice No 1 into Vietnamese

Note on Habitual Residence and the Scope of the 1993 Hague Convention  The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of the  "Note on Habitual Residence and Scope of the 1993 Hague Convention" in English, French and Spanish.   The Spanish version of the Note has been financed by Government of Norway, and in particular the Central...

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