Working Group on the Authentication of Documents Generated by Supranational and Intergovernmental Organisations

On 1 December 2017, the Working Group on the Authentication of Documents Generated by Supranational and Intergovernmental Organisations met in The Hague. The Working Group was attended by 36 experts, representing 22 States, one supranational organisation and one intergovernmental organisation, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau. The report of the Working Group is now available...

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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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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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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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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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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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Dr Robert E. Kahn and Ms Patrice Lyons visit Permanent Bureau to discuss e-APP

Monday 10 October, the Permanent Bureau had the great pleasure of welcoming Dr Robert E. Kahn, co-inventor of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) / Internet Protocol (IP), President and CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and Chair of the DONA Foundation, and Ms Patrice Lyons, General Counsel to CNRI. Dr Kahn and Ms Lyons have been following with great interest...

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Chile and the Apostille Convention

On 30 August 2016, upon the entry into force of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) for the Republic of Chile, the Government of Chile also began issuing e-Apostilles and launched a Category 3 e-Register, as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Apostille Convention. Similar to...

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Brazil and the Apostille Convention

On 14 August 2016, upon the entry into force of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) for the Federal Republic of Brazil, the National Council of Justice of Brazil also launched a Category 2 e-Register as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Apostille Convention. The...

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The Apostille Convention enters into force for Morocco

On 14 August 2016, the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for the Kingdom of Morocco. Having acceded to the Apostille Convention on 27 November 2015, Morocco became the 110th Contracting State to the Convention, which now counts 112 Contracting States. Morocco has been a Member...

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