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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Second Meeting of the HCCH-UNIDROIT Digital Assets and Tokens Joint Project

From 2 to 4 October 2023, the second meeting of the HCCH-UNIDROIT Joint Project on Law Applicable to Cross-Border Holdings and Transfers of Digital Assets and Tokens was held at the premises of the Secretariat of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome, in hybrid format. The Joint Project examines the desirability of developing coordinated guidance and...

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25th anniversary of the HCCH website

Today, we joyfully celebrate 25 years of the HCCH’s online presence!  On Thursday, 8 October 1998, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr D.J. van den Berg, officiated the launch of the new website of the HCCH, developed  through a generous voluntary contributions from the Government of the Netherlands.  For twenty-five years, our...

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Publication of the Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Session of the HCCH

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of the Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Session. The Twenty-Second Session of the HCCH, held from 18 June to 2 July 2019, resulted in the adoption of the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (2019 Judgments Convention). The Proceedings consist of two volumes....

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HCCH celebrates its 130th anniversary

On 12 September 1893, Tobias Asser opened the first Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). Today, 130 years later, the HCCH celebrates its 130th anniversary with a special anniversary event held as part of HCCH Asia Pacific Week 2023 in Hong Kong SAR, People’s Republic of China. The HCCH was conceived as a multilateral platform for dialogue, discussion,...

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Save the Date: CODIFI Edition 2023 - CBDCs

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that an online colloquium on selected topics related to the CBDCs Project will be held online on 5 October 2023, following the mandate of the Council on General Affairs and Policy at its 2023 meeting (C&D No 17). The CBDCs Project was established by CGAP in March 2023 with the mandate to study the private international law implications of central...

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Kick-off Meeting of the Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) Project

On 5 July 2023, the kick-off meeting of the CBDCs Project was held online. The meeting was attended by 38 experts, representing 15 Members and three Observers, as well as by members of the Permanent Bureau (PB) of the HCCH. The CBDCs Project will study the private international law implications of CBDCs, as mandated by the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP) of the HCCH in March 2023...

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Publication of the HCCH Strategic Plan 2023-2028

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of the HCCH’s Strategic Plan for 2023-2028. In March 2022, the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP) mandated the establishment of a Working Group to develop a new draft Strategic Plan, to be built upon the basis of the Strategic Plan 2019-2022. The Working Group on the Strategic Plan, chaired by H.E. Ms Adia Sakiqi...

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Kick-off Meeting of the HCCH-UNIDROIT Digital Assets and Tokens Joint Project

On 12 June 2023, the kick-off meeting of the HCCH-UNIDROIT Joint Project on Law Applicable to Cross-Border Holdings and Transfers of Digital Assets and Tokens was held at the premises of the Permanent Bureau in The Hague in hybrid format. The Joint Project will examine the desirability of developing coordinated guidance and the feasibility of a normative framework on the law applicable to...

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