HCCH-IRZ Regional Seminar, Tunis

The Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Deutsche Stiftung fur Internationale Rechtliche Zusammenarbeit (IRZ) successfully concluded a regional seminar in Tunis on 30 October 2013, with approximately 65 experts from throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, including representatives from Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar and...

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Burkina Faso accepts the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

On Tuesday, 1 October 2013, Burkina Faso accepted the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and has thus become the 75th Member of the Organisation. Burkina Faso is Party to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction as well as the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of...

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Austria joins the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention

On Wednesday 9 October 2013, the Ambassador of Austria in the Netherlands, Dr Werner Druml, deposited on behalf of Austria the instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults ("2000 Protection of Adults Convention"). Austria is the eighth Contracting State to join the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention, which came into...

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Support for the Apostille Convention among APEC Member Economies

In June 2013, representatives of Member Economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) attended a workshop in Medan, Indonesia, on the Apostille Convention. The workshop was organised by the Department of Justice of Hong Kong, China, under the auspices of the APEC Economic Committee, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference on Private International...

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Conference on International Litigation in the Asia Pacific Region highlights Hague Conference instruments and initiatives which facilitate the resolution of cross-border legal disputes

From 23 to 24 September 2013, a Conference on International Litigation in the Asia Pacific Region took place in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China. The Conference was dedicated to the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention) and the work carried out by the Hague Conference in the area of international jurisdiction and the recognition and...

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Azerbaijan and Singapore seek membership in the Hague Conference

On 12 September 2013, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law formally opened the six month period for existing Members to vote on the proposal of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to admit the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Singapore as new Members of the Organisation. The Netherlands presented its proposal in response to interest expressed...

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Host Country Agreement with Argentina for Regional Office in Latin America enters into force

The Hague Conference is pleased to announce that the Embassy of the Argentine Republic formally notified the Secretary General that the Host Country Agreement regarding the establishment of the Organisation's Regional Office for Latin America in Buenos Aires became effective on 23 August 2013, immediately upon entry of the notification of the approval. In response to requests to expand...

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The Republic of Moldova set to issue e-Apostilles

On 12 August 2013, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Iurie Leanca, and the Minister of Justice, Mr Oleg Efrim, announced the upcoming issuance of e-Apostilles in Moldova. A new regulation has been issued for this purpose and will be approved by the Government of Moldova as soon as next week. It is expected that the regulation will enter into force by the end of September 2013. By...

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