Available now: The Collection of instruments of the HCCH – 9th Edition

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that the 9th Edition of the Collection of instruments of the HCCH has been presented and released today, 3 March 2020, during the opening of the annual meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy (CGAP). Like its eight predecessors, this new edition contains a selection of instruments that have entered into force under the auspices of the HCCH,...

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Third meeting of the Experts’ Group on Jurisdiction

Following the successful conclusion of the 2019 Judgments Convention, the HCCH has resumed its exploratory normative work on jurisdiction. From 18 to 21 February 2020, the Experts’ Group on Jurisdiction held its third meeting (its work had been suspended to enable the HCCH to focus on the negotiations of the Judgments Convention). The meeting was attended by 33 Experts from 17 Members and 2...

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The Service Convention enters into force for Nicaragua

On 1 February 2020, the HCCH Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (“Service Convention”) entered into force for Nicaragua, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 24 July 2019. Although not yet a Member State of the HCCH, Nicaragua is currently party to five other HCCH Conventions...

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The Protection of Adults Convention – 20th Anniversary

Today, the Convention on the International Protection of Adults celebrates its 20th Anniversary.  Given the growing practical importance of the subject-matter, and further to a successful Conference to discuss "Cross-border Protection of Vulnerable Adults", organised jointly by the HCCH and the European Commission in December 2018, the Permanent Bureau hopes that more States will become...

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New Volume of The Judges’ Newsletter (Summer-Fall 2019)

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of Volume XXIV of The Judges’ Newsletter (Summer-Fall 2019) with a Special Focus on “Urgent Measures of Protection” as provided for under Article 11 of the Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental...

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Congo: A new Contracting Party to the Adoption Convention and a 154th connected State to the HCCH!

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 11 December 2019, the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (“Adoption Convention”). The Adoption Convention, which now has 102 Contracting Parties, will enter into force for the...

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North Macedonia signs 3 HCCH Conventions and 1 Protocol

On 9 December 2019, the Republic of North Macedonia signed the 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), the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention), the Convention of 23...

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The Child Protection Convention enters into force for Guyana and Nicaragua

On 1 December 2019, 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 Guyana, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 5 February 2019. On the same day, the...

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New Zealand signs the HCCH 2007 Child Support Convention

On 26 November 2019, New Zealand signed the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). The next step for the Child Support Convention to enter into force in New Zealand is ratification, pursuant to Arts 58 and 60. More information on the Convention, which currently binds 41 parties, is...

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