Trusts Convention enters into force for Panama

On 1 December 2018, the Convention of 1 July 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition (“Trusts Convention”) entered into force for Panama, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 30 August 2017. The Trusts Convention currently has 14 Contracting Parties.  Panama has been a Member of the HCCH since...

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Brazil accedes to the Service Convention

On 29 November 2018, Brazil deposited its instruments 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). With the accession of Brazil, the Service Convention now has 74 Contracting Parties. The Service Convention will enter into force for Brazil on 1 June 2019. At the ceremony, which...

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Conference of Hague Convention Network Judges celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges

From 24 to 26 October 2018, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges (“IHNJ”), Members of the IHNJ from over 30 jurisdictions, experts from the Central Authority of the United States of America (“USCA”), Reunite, private practice, and the Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), met at...

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The 2007 Child Support Convention enters into force for Honduras

On 19 October 2018, The Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance entered into force for Honduras following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 16 October 2017. The 2007 Child Support Convention currently has 39 Contracting Parties (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result of approval...

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Fourth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 25 to 28 September 2018, the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the fourth time in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 21 experts from different States, one observer and members of the Permanent Bureau.  The Group’s mandate is “to explore the feasibility of advancing work (…) on the private international law issues surrounding the status of...

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1993 Hague Adoption Convention enters into force for Benin

On 1 October 2018, the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (hereinafter the “1993 Hague Convention”) entered into force for Benin, following the signature and deposit of its instrument of ratification on 28 June 2018. The 1993 Hague Convention currently has...

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6th Meeting of the Working Group on the draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b)

From 18 to 21 September 2018, the Working Group on the draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b) met at the offices of the Permanent Bureau in the Hague. The meeting was attended by 30 experts and members of the Permanent Bureau under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Mrs Diana Bryant, AO, QC, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. The experts represented 16 States from...

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