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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Singapore accedes to the Apostille Convention

Today, 18 January 2021, the Republic of Singapore deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). On behalf of the Embassy of Singapore, Minister-Counsellor Davinia Aziz deposited the instrument and is pictured with Mr Rieks Boekholt, Legal Officer, representing the...

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International Symposium on Family Mediation in Singapore

On 29 March 2019, the Family Mediation Symposium convened at the Auditorium of the Supreme Court of Singapore. The Symposium brought together more than 130 experts and practitioners in the field of family mediation to discuss issues and challenges in mediating family disputes, both in a domestic and in a cross-border context. This event, a joint collaboration between the Family Justice Courts of...

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Bolivia, Costa Rica, Singapore and Viet Nam: Hague Conventions enter into force

On 1 October 2016, the Hague 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 the Republic of Costa Rica and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. On that same day, the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Child Abduction...

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Singapore ratifies the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

On Thursday 2 June 2016, Ms Thian Yee Sze, Director-General of the Legal Group, Ministry of Law of Singapore, deposited Singapore’s instrument of ratification to the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements. The deposit took place during the meeting of the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. The ratification of the 2005 Convention by...

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Singapore signs the 2005 Choice of Court Convention

Today, Wednesday 25 March 2015, during the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference, Ms Thian Yee Sze, Director General of the Legal Group, Ministry of Law, Singapore, signed the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements on behalf of her Government. It is anticipated that the entry into force of this Convention, which was concluded in The Hague on 30 June...

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Singapore becomes 76th HCCH Member; Brazil accedes to 1970 Evidence Convention; Iraq accedes to 1980 Child Abduction Convention; European Union approves 2007 Child Support Convention

On 9 April 2014, during the Council on General Affairs of the Hague Conference, Singapore became the 76th Member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law by depositing its instrument of acceptance of the Statute of the Organisation. On the same occasion, Brazil acceded to the Hague Convention of 18 March 1970 on the taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters ...

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Azerbaijan and Singapore seek membership in the Hague Conference

On 12 September 2013, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law formally opened the six month period for existing Members to vote on the proposal of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to admit the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Singapore as new Members of the Organisation. The Netherlands presented its proposal in response to interest expressed...

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Update Hague Family Law Conventions

The Hague 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 was recently ratified by various EU Member States, namely: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Romania and Spain. The Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the...

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