iSupport - Third successful EU Action Grant Application

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce a third successful EU Action grant Application for iSupport. This new project will be called iSupport PM (Promotion and Maintenance), as it will aim at enlarging the number of participating jurisdictions and provide for the continued operation of iSupport. iSupport is an electronic case management and...

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Conclusion of the fourth meeting of the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

From 24 to 29 May 2018, the Special Commission on the Judgments Project met in The Hague. The Special Commission was attended by 167 participants from 55 Member States and one Member Regional Economic Integration Organisation (“REIO”). Also in attendance, as observers, were two non-Member States, and 11 international governmental and non-governmental organisations. The Special...

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Brochure celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

Today, 29 May 2018, marks the 25th Anniversary of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (1993 Hague Convention). To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law has published the Brochure “25 Years of Protecting Children in Intercountry Adoption”....

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The Apostille Convention enters into force for Bolivia

On 7 May 2018, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Bolivia. Bolivia had acceded to the Apostille Convention on 6 September 2017. The Apostille Convention currently has 115 Contracting Parties. While not a Member State of the HCCH yet, Bolivia is currently Party to two...

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Latvia launches a Category 2 e-Register

On 26 March 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia launched a Category 2 e-Register as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The e-Register is available at...

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The Apostille Convention enters into force for Tunisia

On 30 March 2018, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Tunisia. Tunisia had acceded to the Apostille Convention on 10 July 2017. The Government of Tunisia has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (i.e. the Depositary) that a Competent Authority under...

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XXIst Volume of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter-Spring 2018)

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the publication of the XXIst Volume of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter-Spring 2018) with a special focus on ”The Seventh Meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention – 10-17...

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Portugal signs and ratifies the Adults Convention

On 14 March 2018, Portugal signed and deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults (Adults Convention). With the signature and ratification of Portugal, the Adults Convention now has 11 Contracting Parties. The Adults Convention will enter into force for Portugal on 1 July 2018. Portugal has been a Member of the HCCH...

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Belarus ratifies Child Support Convention

On 8 March 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that on 16 February 2018, Belarus has deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). With the ratification of Belarus, the Child Support Convention now has 39 Contracting Parties. The...

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