New Members, new requests and new accessions

On 4 March 2020, during the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP), the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan, deposited their instruments of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming the 84th and 85th Members of the HCCH, respectively.  The Dominican Republic was represented at the ceremony by Mr Braulio Alcantara, Legal Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,...

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Available now: The Collection of instruments of the HCCH – 9th Edition

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that the 9th Edition of the Collection of instruments of the HCCH has been presented and released today, 3 March 2020, during the opening of the annual meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP). Like its eight predecessors, this new edition contains a selection of instruments that have entered into force under the auspices of the HCCH,...

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Third meeting of the Experts’ Group on Jurisdiction

Following the successful conclusion of the 2019 Judgments Convention, the HCCH has resumed its exploratory normative work on jurisdiction. From 18 to 21 February 2020, the Experts’ Group on Jurisdiction held its third meeting (its work had been suspended to enable the HCCH to focus on the negotiations of the Judgments Convention). The meeting was attended by 33 Experts from 17 Members and 2...

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The Service Convention enters into force for Nicaragua

On 1 February 2020, the HCCH Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (“Service Convention”) entered into force for Nicaragua, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 24 July 2019. Although not yet a Member State of the HCCH, Nicaragua is currently party to five other HCCH Conventions...

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The Protection of Adults Convention – 20th Anniversary

Today, the Convention on the International Protection of Adults celebrates its 20th Anniversary.  Given the growing practical importance of the subject-matter, and further to a successful Conference to discuss "Cross-border Protection of Vulnerable Adults", organised jointly by the HCCH and the European Commission in December 2018, the Permanent Bureau hopes that more States will become...

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New Volume of The Judges’ Newsletter (Summer-Fall 2019)

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of Volume XXIV of The Judges’ Newsletter (Summer-Fall 2019) with a Special Focus on “Urgent Measures of Protection” as provided for under Article 11 of the Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental...

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Congo: A new Contracting Party to the Adoption Convention and a 154th connected State to the HCCH!

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 11 December 2019, the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) 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”). The Adoption Convention, which now has 102 Contracting Parties, will enter into force for the...

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North Macedonia signs 3 HCCH Conventions and 1 Protocol

On 9 December 2019, the Republic of North Macedonia signed the Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (Child Protection Convention), the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention), the Convention of 23...

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