Vacancy at the Permanent Bureau: Secretary General

The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is looking for an outstanding lawyer to fill on 1 July 2023, the post of: Secretary General As indicated in the Arrangements for appointing Secretaries General of the HCCH (approved by the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP) in 2021), the Secretary General is responsible for managing the PB of the HCCH...

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The Philippines ratifies the Child Support Convention

Today, 22 June 2022, the Republic of the Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Depositary of the HCCH Conventions. The Philippines was represented by...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Indonesia

On 4 June 2022, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961 Apostille Convention) will enter into force for Indonesia following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 5 October 2021. The 1961 Apostille Convention currently has 122 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the...

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Now Available: Conclusions & Recommendations of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol

Attended by over 200 delegates representing HCCH Members, Contracting Parties and Observers from all regions of the world, the very first meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol was held last week, from 17 to 19 May 2022. The meeting resulted in the adoption of over 80 Conclusions &...

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HCCH|Approach: Publication now available

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the launch of the post-event publication of HCCH|Approach, now available for download!  HCCH|Approach, “Advancing and Promoting the Protection of All Children”, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the HCCH 1996 Child Protection Convention. Drawing from the diverse perspectives and expertise of family law practitioners...

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First Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol

From 17 to 19 May 2022, the First Meeting of the Special Commission on the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol was held in The Hague. The meeting was attended by over 200 delegates, both in person and remotely, representing HCCH Members, non‑Member States, and Observers from intergovernmental and international non‑governmental organisations, as well as members...

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Saudi Arabia accedes to the Apostille Convention

Today, 8 April 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 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 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Depositary for the HCCH Conventions. Saudi Arabia was represented by H.E. Mr Ziad Al Atiyah,...

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Save the Date: HCCH Conference on Commercial, Digital and Financial Law Across Borders (CODIFI)

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that following the mandate of the Council on General Affairs and Policy at its 2022 meeting (see C&Ds Nos 14, 34 and 36), the inaugural HCCH CODIFI Conference will be held online from 12 to 16 September 2022. CODIFI will examine issues of private international law in the Commercial, Digital, and Financial (CODIFI) sectors, highlighting developments...

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Eleventh meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 28 March to 1 April 2022, the HCCH Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the eleventh time. The meeting was held via videoconference and was attended by 30 experts representing 20 Member States, one Member Regional Economic Integration Organisation and three Observers, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Group discussed the content of the final report...

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Information Note - Children deprived of their family environment due to the armed conflict in Ukraine

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH, noting the situation currently unfolding in Ukraine, has published today an Information Note on the subject of Children deprived of their family environment due to the armed conflict in Ukraine: Cross-border protection and intercountry adoption. In an international armed conflict, many children become separated from their families, losing the critical protection...

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