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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Save the Date: HCCH a|Bridged - Edition 2021: Enabling party autonomy with the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that Edition 2021 of HCCH a|Bridged will be dedicated to the HCCH Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (2005 Choice of Court Convention), and held online on 1 December 2021. Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany and supported by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law, the...

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Mongolia becomes 89th Member of the HCCH

Today, 1 July 2021, Mongolia deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming the 89th Member of the HCCH. Mongolia has been an HCCH Connected State since 2000 and is currently a Contracting Party to three HCCH Conventions (i.e., the 1954 Civil Procedure, the 1961 Apostille, and the 1993 Adoption Conventions). The Permanent Bureau is pleased to welcome Mongolia as a new HCCH...

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New Guide for International Commercial Contracts

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that the Legal Guide to Uniform Instruments in the Area of International Commercial Contracts, with a Focus on Sales (Legal Guide), a joint publication of the Secretariats of UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT and the HCCH, has been officially launched today (video announcement). The Legal Guide, which was approved by each of the three Organisations in the course of...

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Publication of the 2020 Annual Report

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH is pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Annual Report. In a year of unprecedented challenges, the importance of private international law as the guiding star in an increasingly complex, interconnected world was as clear as ever. Throughout the year, the HCCH continued to explore areas for new legislative work and to promote the effective operation of...

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Namibia becomes 87th Member of the HCCH

Today, 19 January 2021, the Republic of Namibia deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Statute, thus becoming the 87th Member of the HCCH. Namibia has been an HCCH Connected State since 2000 and is currently a Contracting Party to the Apostille and Adoption Conventions. Namibia is the eighth African State to become a Member of the HCCH and its Membership is another important step toward...

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4th Edition of the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Evidence Convention

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Evidence Convention, the Permanent Bureau (PB) is pleased to announce the publication of the 4th Edition of the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Evidence Convention. This commemorative edition of the Practical Handbook includes light updates on the latest developments in domestic and international legal instruments and case law. It outlines...

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Professor William R. Duncan receives Ireland's Presidential Distinguished Service Award

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce that former Deputy Secretary General of the HCCH, Professor William Duncan, was named as one of 14 honourees to receive the prestigious Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad. Professor Duncan received the award in the category of “Peace, Reconciliation, and Development”, in recognition of his years of dedication to...

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