The EU and Ukraine join the 2019 Judgments Convention – Ukraine ratifies the 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol

Today, 29 August 2022, the European Union (EU) deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (Judgments Convention), becoming the first Contracting Party to the Convention. Shortly after, Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification of the Judgments Convention. With the EU’s...

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Child Support Convention and Protocol enter into force for Ecuador

Today, 1 July 2022, the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) and the Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (Maintenance Obligations Protocol) entered into force for the Republic of Ecuador, following the deposit of its instrument of...

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Now Available: Conclusions & Recommendations of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol

Attended by over 200 delegates representing HCCH Members, Contracting Parties and Observers from all regions of the world, the very first meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol was held last week, from 17 to 19 May 2022. The meeting resulted in the adoption of over 80 Conclusions &...

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First Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol

From 17 to 19 May 2022, the First Meeting of the Special Commission on the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol was held in The Hague. The meeting was attended by over 200 delegates, both in person and remotely, representing HCCH Members, non‑Member States, and Observers from intergovernmental and international non‑governmental organisations, as well as members...

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Conclusions of the meeting of the Applicable Law Working Group

From 22 to 27 January 2021, the Applicable Law Working Group (ALWG) on the Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (Maintenance Obligations Protocol) met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 34 participants representing 16 Members, and by members of the Permanent Bureau. Pursuant to the 2020 mandate of the Council on General Affairs and Policy,...

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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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30th Anniversary of the UNCRC

Today, 20 November 2019, marks the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  Recognising the importance of this milestone in the development of children’s rights, the HCCH also wishes to recall the role played by the following HCCH Children’s Conventions and Protocol in the day-to-day implementation of the UNCRC worldwide:  ...

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“Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific”

From 4 to 7 September 2018, the “Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific” was held in Bangkok, Thailand. This Workshop was co-organised by the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and Pacific (EAPRO) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), with the support of Child Redress. Over 50 professionals, including government officials,...

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HCCH-UNICEF South Asia Workshop on Role of The Hague Conventions in Cross-Border Child Protection in the Region

From 29 to 31 May 2018, 31 governmental experts from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, UNICEF representatives from these countries as well as from the Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), representatives from the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), the International Social Services (ISS) and three independent consultants met...

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2007 Child Support Convention: 38 Contracting Parties in 10 Years

It is exactly 10 years ago today that the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance and the Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations were concluded. With 38 and 30 Contracting Parties respectively (including REIOs and States bound as a result of the approval by a REIO), the Convention and...

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