Guatemala joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On 19 January 2017, the Republic of Guatemala 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"), making it the 113th Contracting State to the Convention. Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Guatemala on 18 September...

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Vacancy: iSUPPORT PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR (Full-time for 18 months)

The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking: AN iSUPPORT PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR (Full-time for 18 months) He or she will work in the area of International Recovery of Maintenance and be part of a team under the direction of the First Secretary with primary responsibility for the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery...

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Vacancy: TEMPORARY LEGAL ASSISTANT (six months; full-time)

The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a: TEMPORARY LEGAL ASSISTANT (six months; full-time) The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent); Good knowledge of private international law as well as familiarity with comparative law; Excellent command, preferably as native...

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Ghana, Montenegro and the United States of America: Hague Conventions enter into force

On 1 January2017, the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention entered into force for the United States of America and Montenegro and the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention entered into force for Ghana. 2007 Hague Child Support Convention – Montenegro and the United States of America The Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of...

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Pakistan joins the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

On 22 December 2016, Pakistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and thus became the 96th Contracting State to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Pakistan on 1 March 2017. At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the...

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USA ratifies the 2006 Hague Securities Convention, triggering its entry into force on 1 April 2017

On 15 December 2016, the United States of America (USA) deposited its Instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary (2006 Securities Convention). The USA had signed the Convention, together with Switzerland, 5 July 2006. The deposit of the instrument of ratification of the 2006...

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Latvia signs the 2000 Hague Protection of Adults Convention

On Thursday 15 December 2016, Latvia signed the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on International Protection of Adults. The Convention is anticipated to be ratified by Latvia in 2017. Latvia is currently a Contracting State to 12 Conventions and one Protocol of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

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Passing away of Professor Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren

It is with deep regret that the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law learned of the passing away of Professor Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren on 3 December 2016 at the age of 88. The Permanent Bureau expresses its deepest sympathy to Professor Parra-Aranguren’s family members. Professor Parra-Aranguren had a longstanding relationship with the Hague Conference...

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Fourth meeting of the Apostille Special Commission and 10th e-APP Forum

From 2 to 4 November 2016, over 190 experts from over 65 States and international organisations around the world participated in the fourth meeting of the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). For the first time, a meeting of the Special Commission was directly...

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Hague Conventions enter into force for Kyrgyzstan and Serbia

Today, 1 November 2016, the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention entered into force for Kyrgyzstan, and the 1996 Child Protection Convention entered into force for Serbia.1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention - Kyrgyzstan The Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention) entered into force...

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