New Zealand issues first e-Apostille

On 13 May 2009, the Authentication Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs (Te Tari Taiwhenua) of New Zealand issued its first e-Apostille. This e-Apostille, issued in full conformity with the model suggested under the electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP), is the first to be issued in the Asia-Pacific region. The Authentication Unit issued another e-Apostille on 14 May 2009. In both...

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Dominican Republic accedes to Hague Apostille Convention

On Friday, 12 December 2008, the Dominican Republic deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). With this new accession, 95 countries are currently Contracting States to this Treaty. For information on the Competent Authority designated by the...

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First Electronic Apostille in Europe

Another important step for the Electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP) The Superior Court of Murcia (Spain) recently issued the first electronic Apostille (e-Apostille) in Europe. This Apostille, issued within the framework of an international adoption procedure, is perfectly consistent with the model proposed under the e-APP. Please click here to read the press release from...

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4th ASEAN Law Forum in Ha Noi

Fourth Law Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) On 8 and 9 April 2008, the Fourth ASEAN Law Forum on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters was held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Justice of Viet Nam, was attended by experts from the ASEAN Member States - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,...

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India starts issuing Apostilles

The Permanent Bureau has been informed by the relevant Indian authorities that India starts issuing Apostilles as of today (29 August 2007). For more information on the process of issuing Apostilles in India, please refer to the information provided by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs available at http://mea.gov.in/, under « Apostille »...

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MERCOSUR / HCCH

On 10 November 2006, the Ministers of Justice of the Member States of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela), as well as of the Associate States Chile and Bolivia, signed a declaration encouraging States of the region which have not already done so to ratify/accede to the Hague Apostille, Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions. The official text of the...

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Denmark ratifies Apostille Convention

On Monday, 30 October 2006, Denmark deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). With this ratification, the Convention will soon be in force for 91 States, among which all the Member States of the European Union. In conformity with Article 11, the...

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Milestones for the Apostille Convention: Republic of Korea becomes the 90th Contracting State and all EU-Member States soon to be party to the Convention

By depositing its instrument of accession, the Republic of Korea today became the 90th Contracting State of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Hague Apostille Convention). The Convention will enter into force for Korea on 14 July 2007. Korea’s accession sets a new benchmark for Hague Conventions in...

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International Forum on e-Notarization and e-Apostilles

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and the International Union of Latin Notaries (IULN) are jointly organising an International Forum on e-Notarization and e-Apostilles. This Forum will be hosted by the National Notary Association of the United States of America (NNA) and will be held on 30 and 31 May 2005 in Las Vegas (Bally’s), Nevada, USA. Click here for more...

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