IABA encourages States to join the Apostille, Service, Evidence, Access to Justice, and Choice of Court Conventions

In a recent declaration, the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) has recommended that States join the Hague Conventions on international legal co-operation and litigation, namely the Apostille Convention, Service Convention, Evidence Convention, Access to Justice Convention, and Choice of Court Convention. The declaration comes at a time when a number of States, particularly in Latin America,...

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The 2007 Hague Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations comes into force

Today, 1 August 2013, the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (hereinafter the 2007 Hague Protocol) comes into force at the international level between Serbia and the European Union (all Member States of the European Union with the exception of Denmark and the United Kingdom). The Hague Conference on Private International Law is marking this...

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Ukraine ratifies the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance

On Wednesday 24 July 2013, Ukraine ratified the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (hereinafter the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention). Ukraine is the fourth Contracting State to join the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention, which came into force on 1 January 2013. In relations between Contracting States,...

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15th anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges

From 17 to 19 July 2013, more than 50 Members of the International Hague Network of Judges, representing 40 States from every region of the world, as well as experts from the Commonwealth Secretariat, IberRed and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law met at Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park, England. In addition to celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the...

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APEC’s Economic Committee endorses wider participation in the Apostille Convention

Following the successful outcome of the APEC Workshop on a Simplified Authentication Process for Production of Public Documents Abroad through the use of the Hague Apostille Convention, held in Medan, Indonesia, on 28-29 June 2013, which was attended by Deputy Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi and the Representative of the Hague Conference Asia Pacific Regional Office, Anselmo Reyes, the...

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Dr Christophe Bernasconi officially assumes post of Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

Today Dr Christophe Bernasconi, former Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, has formally taken office as the Organisation's new Secretary General. He takes over from Mr Hans van Loon, who was Secretary General of the Hague Conference from 1996 until his retirement on 30 June 2013. Prior to becoming Secretary General, Mr Van Loon served as Secretary and...

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The 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Intercountry Adoption Convention) celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Negotiations on the final text of the Convention were concluded on 29 May 1993, at a Diplomatic Session convened at the Peace Palace in The Hague and attended by 66 countries. For the past 20 years, the...

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