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

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HCCH 1996 Child Protection Convention, the HCCH is pleased to announce the launch of the Advancing and Promoting the Protection of All Children (Approach) Initiative. The HCCH|Approach Initiative will consist of a series of activities and events culminating in the HCCH|Approach Event, to be held online on Tuesday 19 October 2021. Information on registration...

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Save the Date: HCCH a|Bridged - Edition 2021: Enabling party autonomy with the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that Edition 2021 of HCCH a|Bridged will be dedicated to the HCCH Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (2005 Choice of Court Convention), and held online on 1 December 2021. Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany and supported by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law, the...

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Ninth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 5 to 9 July 2021, the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the ninth time. The meeting was held via videoconference and was attended by 33 Experts representing 22 Member States, one Regional Economic Integration Organisation and three Observers, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Experts’ Group discussed the scope of the possible draft...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Jamaica

On 3 July 2021, the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) will enter into force for Jamaica, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 2 November 2020. The Apostille Convention has 120 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Apostille Section of the HCCH...

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Mongolia becomes 89th Member of the HCCH

Today, 1 July 2021, Mongolia deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming the 89th Member of the HCCH. Mongolia has been an HCCH Connected State since 2000 and is currently a Contracting Party to three HCCH Conventions (i.e., the 1954 Civil Procedure, the 1961 Apostille, and the 1993 Adoption Conventions). The Permanent Bureau is pleased to welcome Mongolia as a new HCCH...

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Georgia accedes to the Service and Evidence Conventions

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 31 May 2021, Georgia deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention) and the Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention). With the accession...

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Niger accedes to the Adoption Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on Monday 24 May 2021, the Republic of the Niger deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention). With the accession of Niger, the Adoption Convention now has 104 Contracting Parties. It will enter into force for Niger on 1...

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HCCH-WIPO Questionnaire on PIL issues in IP dealings

The Secretariats of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in consultation with a selected number of experts, have developed a Questionnaire to identify actual and practical private international law (PIL) issues in intellectual property (IP) disputes. This includes establishing a court’s jurisdiction, determining and...

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Meeting of the Administrative Cooperation Working Group

The Administrative Cooperation Working Group (ACWG) on the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) met on 10 and 11 May 2021 via videoconference. The meeting was attended by over 60 participants representing 20 Members, two Observers and members of the Permanent Bureau. As recommended by...

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