Bahrain joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On Wednesday 10 April 2013, the Kingdom of Bahrain deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"). This Convention, which now has 105 Contracting States, will enter into force for Bahrain on 31 December 2013. ...

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Instruments of acceptance, ratification and accession deposited during the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Conference

PRESS RELEASE   Viet Nam becomes newest Hague Conference Member; Serbia ratifies the Hague Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations; and Colombia joins the Hague Service Convention   At a ceremony on the grounds of the Peace Palace on 10 April 2013, the Socialist Republic of Viet  Nam became the 73rd Member of the Hague Conference on...

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The Hague Conference celebrates its 120th anniversary

The Hague Conference on Private International Law - the oldest international institution in The Hague - celebrated its 120th Anniversary on Monday, 8 April 2013 with an event, The Hague Conference at 120: Today and the Future, held in in the Academy Building of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Since its establishment in 1893, the Hague Conference has successfully undertaken efforts to build...

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HCCH International Family Law Briefings, March 2013

Recently published: quarterly updates, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents March 2013: Introduction The 2007 Hague Child Support Convention: an update Entry into Force Caseworker’s Practical Handbook Electronic...

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Official designation of new Secretary General

After nearly 35 years of service at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and almost 17 years as Secretary General, Mr Hans van Loon will retire as Secretary General of the Organisation on 30 June 2013. By decision of 13 March 2013, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has appointed Mr Christophe Bernasconi, currently Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference,...

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Workshop for East and Southeast Asian States on the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention becomes first Hague Conference event organised for the Asia Pacific through new Regional Office in Hong Kong

The Hague Conference on Private International Law co-organised, with the Governments of Macao and Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, a Workshop for East and Southeast Asian States on the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption in Macao SAR from 27 to 28 March 2013. The...

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