Expert Group on the Financial Aspects of Intercountry Adoption

On 8 and 9 October 2012, an Expert Group composed of Central Authorities of States of origin and receiving States from various geographical regions and legal systems, UNICEF, the International Social Service (ISS), EurAdopt and two independent experts, met in The Hague to discuss the financial aspects of intercountry adoption. The meeting, organised by the Permanent Bureau of the...

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Sweden ratifies 1996 Hague Protection of Children Convention

On 26 September 2012, Sweden deposited its instrument of ratification of 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. The instrument was accompanied by a reservation. The Convention will, in accordance with its Article 61(2)(a), enter into...

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Entry into force of the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention after ratification by Albania

On 13 September 2012, Albania deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. The instrument was accompanied by reservations and a declaration. Since the deposit of the instrument of ratification by Albania is the second deposit, the Convention will, in accordance with...

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Nicaragua joins the Apostille Convention

On Friday 7 September 2012, Nicaragua deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents and thus became the 104th Contracting State. The Convention will enter into force for Nicaragua on 14 May 2013. At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

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Lesotho accedes to three Hague Children's Conventions

On 18 June 2012, Lesotho deposited its instruments of accession to the Hague Conventions of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, and of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility...

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The United Kingdom joins the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention

On 27 July 2012, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland deposited its instrument of ratification in respect of 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. The instrument of ratification was accompanied by declarations and a...

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"HCCH IFL Briefings" now available on the HCCH website

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law is pleased to announce that the HCCH International Family Law Briefings are now available on the HCCH website. The Briefings are quarterly updates provided by the Permanent Bureau to International Family Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in this field. Download the full Briefing for June...

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HCCH International Family Law Briefings, June 2012

Recently published: the quarterly update, provided by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, regarding the work of the Hague Conference in the field of international family law. Contents: Introduction Part II of the Sixth Meeting of the Special Commission to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996...

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