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

From 28 to 30 September 2021, the Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Illicit Practices in Intercountry Adoption met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 57 participants representing 25 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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Now available in 23 EU languages: Guide to Good Practice under the Child Abduction Convention: Part VI – Article 13(1)(b)

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of 19 new translations of the Guide to Good Practice under the Child Abduction Convention: Part VI – Article 13(1)(b). With these new translations, the Guide to Good Practice is now available in 23 European Union (EU) languages. The Guide, originally published in English and French, was developed by the Permanent Bureau of the...

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iSupport - New successful EU Action Grant application

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH is pleased to announce a new successful EU Action Grant application for iSupport. This new project will be called iSupport ITMF (International Transfer of Maintenance Funds), as it will aim at establishing a link between the iSupport software and bank accounts held by Central Authorities. The project will rely on guidance provided by the Experts’ Group on...

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Fifth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Family Agreements

On 14 and 15 September 2021, the Experts’ Group on Family Agreements met for the fifth time. The meeting was held via videoconference and was attended by 25 members representing 23 Member States and one Regional Economic Integration Organisation, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Experts’ Group was convened to discuss the most recent revision of the draft...

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Costa Rica signs the Judgments Convention

Today, 16 September 2021, the Republic of Costa Rica 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, Costa Rica is its fourth signatory. More information on this Convention is available on the Judgments Section of the HCCH website. The...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Singapore

Today, 16 September 2021, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Singapore, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 18 January 2021. The Apostille Convention has 120 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the...

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Honduras becomes 90th Member of the HCCH

Today, 9 September 2021, the HCCH reached another milestone when the Republic of Honduras deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming its 90th Member. The membership ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, was attended by H.E. Mr Roberto Ochoa Madrid, Ambassador, and Mr Eduardo Cano, First Secretary, from the Embassy of Honduras,...

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Adoption Convention enters into force for Niger

Today, 1 September 2021, the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention) entered into force for the Republic of the Niger, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 24 May 2021. The Adoption Convention has 104 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Adoption...

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New Zealand ratifies Child Support Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 23 July 2021, New Zealand 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). With the ratification of New Zealand, 42 states and the European Union are bound by the Child Support Convention. It will enter into...

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12th International Forum on the e-APP: Registration now open!

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that in addition to Members and Contracting Parties to the Apostille Convention, registration is now open to the general public for the 12th International Forum on the electronic Apostille Programme (e-APP). The e-APP Forum convenes experts and stakeholders from around the world to discuss the latest developments and best practices in relation to the...

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