Apostille Convention enters into force for Canada

Today, 11 January 2024, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961 Apostille Convention) entered into force for Canada, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 12 May 2023. The 1961 Apostille Convention currently has 126 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the...

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First official messages exchanged through iSupport

On 9 January 2024, several official messages under the EU 2009 Maintenance Regulation were exchanged between Germany and Sweden using iSupport’s e-CODEX system, the secure digital communication solution developed by the European Union. This marks the first time that digital communication has taken place between two States using iSupport. This is a promising development for the international...

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Service Convention enters into force for Paraguay

On 1 January 2024, the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (1965 Service Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Paraguay following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 23 June 2023. The 1965 Service Convention has 82 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on...

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Service Convention enters into force for Singapore

Today, 1 December 2023, the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (1965 Service Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Singapore following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 16 May 2023. The 1965 Service Convention has 82 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is...

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First Meeting of the Working Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 13 to 17 November 2023, the Working Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the first time. The meeting was held in person, with the possibility for online participation. It was attended by 54 participants in total. The participants represented 49 delegates from 30 Members and five participants from three Observers. Several staff members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH also attended the...

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Child Support Convention enters into force for Botswana

Today, 16 November 2023, the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Botswana following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 14 November 2022. At present, 48 States and the European Union are bound by the 2007 Child Support Convention....

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Canada ratifies and Kyrgyzstan accedes to the Child Support Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that, on 27 October 2023, Canada deposited its instrument of ratification of, and the Kyrgyz Republic its instrument of accession to, the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention). With the ratification of Canada and the accession of Kyrgyzstan, 48...

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Eighth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Child Protection Convention

From 10 to 17 October 2023, the Eighth Meeting of the Special Commission (SC) on the Practical Operation of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Child Protection Convention was held at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 471 delegates, in person and via videoconference, representing HCCH Members, non-Member Contracting Parties, and Observers, as well as by...

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25th Anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges

On 14 October 2023, on occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges (IHNJ), Members of the IHNJ from over 30 jurisdictions met in The Hague. The meeting was held during the Eighth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1980 Child Abduction and the 1996 Child Protection Conventions (SC). The IHNJ facilitates international cooperation...

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