Panama accedes to the 1985 Trust Convention

On 15 September 2017, the Permanent Bureau was informed that on 30 August 2017, Panama had deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 1 July 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition (Trust Convention). With the accession of Panama, the Trust Convention now has 14 Contracting Parties. The Trust Convention will enter into force for Panama on 1 January...

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The Apostille Convention enters into force for Guatemala

On 18 September 2017, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for Guatemala. Guatemala had acceded to the Apostille Convention on 19 January 2017. No objections were raised to its accession. While not a Member State of the Hague Conference, Guatemala is a Contracting Party to three...

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China signs the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

On Tuesday, 12 September 2017, the People’s Republic of China signed the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention). The Choice of Court Convention currently has 30 Contracting Parties (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result of approval by an REIO). With the People’s Republic of China’s signature, there are now 3 further States...

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Bolivia joins the Apostille Convention

On Wednesday 6 September 2017, Bolivia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). With the accession of Bolivia, the Apostille Convention now has 115 Contracting Parties. The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Bolivia on 7 May 2018. At the ceremony,...

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2000 Hague Protection of Adults Convention – New & Revised Edition of the Explanatory Report

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce the publication of a new and revised edition of the Explanatory Report on the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults. This new and revised edition replaces the previous edition of the Explanatory Report, including the one contained in the offprint of the...

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Tunisia joins Apostille, Service, and Child Abduction Conventions

On 10 July 2017, Tunisia deposited its instruments of accession to three Hague Conventions: the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention), the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (Service Convention), and the...

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Brazil Signs and Ratifies the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention and 2007 Hague Maintenance Protocol

On Monday 17 July 2017, Brazil signed and deposited the instruments of ratification of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) and the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (2007 Maintenance Protocol). The Convention and the...

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HCCH Asia Pacific Week 2017 held in Seoul, Republic of Korea

The HCCH Asia Pacific Week 2017 (Symposium) was successfully held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 3 to 6 July 2017. The Symposium, which was co-hosted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and the Korean Ministry of Justice, the Korean Judicial Research and Training Institute, the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Korean Private International Law Association, the...

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International meeting addressing Issues of Domestic / Family Violence and the 1980 Child Abduction Convention

On 12 June 2017, 57 experts attended a meeting in London, at the invitation of conference organisers, Professor Marilyn Freeman of the University of Westminster and the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), on the topic of Domestic / Family Violence and the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980 Convention)....

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Meeting of the Experts’ Group on Recognition and Enforcement of Agreements in Family Matters

From 14 to 16 June 2017, the Experts’ Group on cross-border recognition and enforcement of agreements in family disputes involving children met at the offices of the Permanent Bureau in the Hague. The meeting was attended by 28 experts and members of the Permanent Bureau under the chairmanship of Pr. Paul Beaumont from the University of Aberdeen. The mandate of the Experts’ Group is...

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