Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Apostille Convention

From 5 to 8 October 2021, the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Apostille Convention met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by over 350 delegates, representing HCCH Members, non‑Member Contracting Parties, non‑Member States, and Observers from intergovernmental and international non‑governmental organisations, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau. The first day...

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

From 13 to 17 November 2017, the Special Commission on the Judgments Project met in The Hague. The Special Commission was attended by 180 participants from 57 States and one Regional Economic Integration Organisation (“REIO”), representing Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Also in attendance as Observers were 5 interested non-Member States, and 14...

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Seventh Meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the 1980 and 1996 Conventions completes its work

From 10 to 17 October 2017, 292 participants took part in 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, representing 62 Member States and one REIO, six non-Member Contracting States, four invited non-Member non-Contracting States and observers from 14 IGO / NGOs. These included...

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

From 16 to 24 February 2017, the Special Commission on the Judgments Project was reconvened in The Hague. The Special Commission was attended by 189 participants from 56 States and one Regional Economic Integration Organisation (“REIO”), representing Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Also in attendance as Observers were six interested non-Member States, and...

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

From 1 to 9 June 2016, the Special Commission on the Judgments Project was convened in The Hague. The Special Commission was attended by 153 participants from 53 States and one Regional Economic Integration Organisation (“REIO”), representing Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and a select number of non-Member States, and 16 international governmental and...

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Special Commission reviewed practical operation of the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

From 8 to 12 June 2015, a Special Commission meeting was held in The Hague to review the practical operation of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption (the "1993 Hague Convention"). More than 255 experts, representing 74 countries and 18 international organisations, participated in the meeting. On the first day, a...

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Special Commission meets in The Hague to review the practical operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions and considers draft Handbooks

A meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions concluded today after four days of constructive discussions among some 130 experts representing 53 States and several international governmental and non-governmental organisations. The agenda covered a range of issues relating to the three Conventions, which establish a...

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Conclusion of the first meeting of the Special Commission on Choice of Law in International Contracts

On 16 November 2012, experts from 59 States, the European Union, and a number of international and non-governmental organisations concluded the first meeting of the Special Commission on Choice of Law in International Contracts by unanimously agreeing to recommend that the Hague Conference on Private International Law finalise the draft Hague Principles on the Choice of Law in International...

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Over 160 Experts from 75 States and International Organisations attend meeting on the practical operation of the Apostille Convention

From 6 to 9 November 2012, over 160 experts from 75 States and international organisations all over the world participated in the third meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The Apostille Convention is the most widely ratified Hague Convention to date,...

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