Australia launches a Category 2 e-Register

On 14 December 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Commonwealth of Australia launched a Category 2 e-Register as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The e-Register is available...

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Bahrain issues its first e-Apostille

On 3 December 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain issued its first e-Apostille as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). Bahrain had already put in place a Category 2 e-Register in 2014. The Permanent...

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Ukraine launches a Category 2 e-Register

On 20 November 2015, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine launched a Category 2 e-Register as part of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The e-Register is available at http://apostille.minjust.gov.ua/en/index. This is the...

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Brazil joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On 2 December 2015, Brazil 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"). Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Brazil on 14 August 2016, making it the 111th Contracting State to the Convention. ...

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Morocco joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On 27 November 2015, Morocco 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"). Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Morocco on 14 August 2016, making it the 110th Contracting State to the Convention. At the...

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Kosovo joins the Hague Apostille Convention

On 6 November 2015, Kosovo 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"). At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (i.e. the Depositary), H.E. Ms Vjosa Dobruna, Ambassador of Kosovo, and Counsellor Besnik Ramadanaj...

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Slovenia begins issuing e-Apostilles

On 1 October 2015, the District Courts of the Republic of Slovenia began issuing e-Apostilles as part of the e-APP under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). The District Courts will issue e-Apostilles for both electronic public documents and for paper public documents which are subsequently...

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Save The Date Notice: Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad: The Impact of "Electronic Means" on the Operation of the Hague Conventions

Save The Date Notice:  Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad: The Impact of "Electronic Means" on the Operation of the Hague Conventions   Monday, 2 November 2015   Gewirz Center 12th floor Georgetown University Law Center 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington D.C. The Center on Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown...

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Austria begins issuing e-Apostilles

On 1 June 2015, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs began issuing e-Apostilles as part of the e-APP under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). As of this date, the new Category 3 e-Register of Apostilles issued by Austria also became operational....

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Tajikistan joins the Apostille Convention as 108th Contracting State and becomes 145th Connected State

This afternoon, Tajikistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Tajikistan on 31 October 2015, making it the 108th Contracting State to the Convention. As the Apostille Convention is...

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