Ukraine joins the Hague Conference

Ukraine officially became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on Wednesday 3 December 2003. It was on this day that the instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was deposited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.Ukraine thus becomes the sixty-fourth Member of the Hague Conference. Ukraine is already a...

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Iceland joins the Hague Conference

Iceland officially became a Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on Friday 14 November 2003. It was on this day that the instrument of acceptance, signed by the President of Iceland, of the Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was deposited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.Iceland thus becomes the sixty-third Member of the Hague...

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Protection of Adults Convention to receive its first ratification

On Wednesday, 5 November 2003, the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification, for Scotland, of the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults. The official signing ceremony took place a day earlier, at the British Ambassador's residence at The Hague, and was followed by a reception.The Convention, which had already been signed by the United Kingdom...

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President Mádl of Hungary celebrating HCCH's 110th Anniversary

On the 31st of October 2003 the Hague Conference on Private International Law celebrated its 110th Anniversary at 4.30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace in The Hague. President Ferenc Mádl of Hungary, a former delegate to the Hague Conference, marked the occasion by giving a speech on “Milestones on the Road of Private International Law Developments”....

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Eighty Contracting States for the Legalisation Convention

On Wednesday, 3 September 2003, Albania deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, thus becoming the 80th State Party to this Convention. After the period of six months mentioned in Article 12 (in this case the expiry date will be 10 March 2004), the Convention will...

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India ratifies Intercountry Adoption Convention

On 6 June 2003, India deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, thus bringing the total number of Contracting States to 53. The Convention will enter into force for India on 1 October 2003. Photo: On the right: Mrs Jayati Chandra, Joint Secretary to the Government of India,...

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United States of America Central Authority under the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters

By communication dated 1 October 2002, the Department of Justice of the United States of America informed the Permanent Bureau that it was finalising an award to a private process server company to assume the duties of the United States Central Authority pursuant to Article 2 of the 1965 Hague Service Convention. On 24 October 2002, the Permanent Bureau brought this communication to the attention...

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1996 Convention signed by 14 EU Member States and Australia

On 1 April 2003, 14 European Union Member States, Australia and Switzerland signed the Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children. The Netherlands had already signed the Convention in 1997. The ceremony took place at the Peace Palace in The Hague, in...

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