Special Commission on the operation of the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention

From 17 to 25 June 2010, a Special Commission meeting was held in The Hague, on the grounds of the Peace Palace, in which more than 80 countries and 14 international organisation were participating. The objective of the Special Commission is 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 and...

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Australia accedes to Hague Service Convention

On 15 March 2010, Australia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters. The accession was announced in a press release by the Australian Attorney-General on 18 March 2010. ...

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Co-operation with and presence in Latin America

In the context of implementing the strategic aim of the Hague Conference of reinforcing its co-operation with, and its presence in, Latin America, the Secretary General, on 7 May 2010, signed two agreements in Buenos Aires.                The first agreement concerns co-operation with Mercosur and was co-signed by the...

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Morocco accedes to two Hague Conventions

On 26 April 2010, Morocco deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 4 May 1971 on the Law Applicable to Traffic Accidents. The Convention will enter into force for Morocco on 25 June 2010. Earlier this year, on 9 March, Morocco acceded to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This accession has already been...

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European Union supports the e-Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP)

 Download this announcement in PDF EUROPEAN UNION SUPPORTS THE E-APOSTILLE PILOT PROGRAM (E-APP) The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is very pleased to announce that the European Union has accorded substantial financial support to the electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP). This support will allow for the further development,...

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The NEW INCADAT was launched on 30 April 2010

A new version of the International Child Abduction Database - INCADAT - was launched on 30 April 2010. The new INCADAT website gives access to a completely revised and modernised database of case-law under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention. The various improvements for the INCADAT users include: more user-friendly website navigation, enhanced functionality of the case law search as well...

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European Union signs and ratifies 2007 Hague Protocol; Albania accedes to two Hague Conventions

On 8 April 2010, during the Council on General Affairs of the Hague Conference, the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations was signed and ratified by the European Union.  On the same occasion, Albania acceded to the Hague Conventions of 1 March 1954 on civil procedure and of 1 February 1971 on the Recognition and Enforcement of...

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Launch of the German section of the HCCH website

In 1998, the website of the Hague Conference was created in the Organisation's official languages, French and English. To meet the growing demand within the international community to access this information in other languages, a section called "Other languages" was created in 2009 with links to translations of the Hague Conventions and other documents relating to the HCCH in...

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Another milestone for the electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP)

Another milestone for the electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP): New Zealand launches its e-Register of Apostilles and becomes the first jurisdiction to have completed a comprehensive implementation of both components of the e-APP Today the Authentication Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs (Te Tari Taiwhenua) of New Zealand officially launched its e-Register of Apostilles....

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