Fifth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Family Agreements

On 14 and 15 September 2021, the Experts’ Group on Family Agreements met for the fifth time. The meeting was held via videoconference and was attended by 25 members representing 23 Member States and one Regional Economic Integration Organisation, as well as members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. The Experts’ Group was convened to discuss the most recent revision of the draft...

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Costa Rica signs the Judgments Convention

Today, 16 September 2021, the Republic of Costa Rica signed the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (Judgments Convention). Although the 2019 Judgments Convention is not yet in force, Costa Rica is its fourth signatory. More information on this Convention is available on the Judgments Section of the HCCH website. The...

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Apostille Convention enters into force for Singapore

Today, 16 September 2021, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Singapore, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 18 January 2021. The Apostille Convention has 120 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the...

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Honduras becomes 90th Member of the HCCH

Today, 9 September 2021, the HCCH reached another milestone when the Republic of Honduras deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming its 90th Member. The membership ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, was attended by H.E. Mr Roberto Ochoa Madrid, Ambassador, and Mr Eduardo Cano, First Secretary, from the Embassy of Honduras,...

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Adoption Convention enters into force for Niger

Today, 1 September 2021, the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Adoption Convention) entered into force for the Republic of the Niger, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 24 May 2021. The Adoption Convention has 104 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Adoption...

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New Zealand ratifies Child Support Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 23 July 2021, New Zealand deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). With the ratification of New Zealand, 42 states and the European Union are bound by the Child Support Convention. It will enter into...

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12th International Forum on the e-APP: Registration now open!

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that in addition to Members and Contracting Parties to the Apostille Convention, registration is now open to the general public for the 12th International Forum on the electronic Apostille Programme (e-APP). The e-APP Forum convenes experts and stakeholders from around the world to discuss the latest developments and best practices in relation to the...

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Child Protection Convention enters into force for Costa Rica

On 1 August 2021, the HCCH 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 (Child Protection Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Costa Rica following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 29 October 2020. The Child Protection...

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Evidence Convention enters into force for Georgia

Today, 30 July 2021, the HCCH Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (Evidence Convention) entered into force for Georgia, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 31 May 2021. The Evidence Convention has 64 Contracting Parties. More information on this Convention is available on the Evidence Section of the HCCH website. Georgia...

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HCCH|Approach Initiative – Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Child Protection Convention

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HCCH 1996 Child Protection Convention, the HCCH is pleased to announce the launch of the Advancing and Promoting the Protection of All Children (Approach) Initiative. The HCCH|Approach Initiative will consist of a series of activities and events culminating in the HCCH|Approach Event, to be held online on Tuesday 19 October 2021. Information on registration...

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