Approval of the Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts

On 19 March 2015, the Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law formally approved the Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. The Principles, which also comprise a comprehensive Commentary, were developed by the Working Group on the Choice of Law in International Contracts (chaired by Professor Daniel Girsberger, Switzerland) and unanimously approved...

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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...

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Republic of Moldova seeks membership to the Hague Conference

Today, during the Council on General Affairs and Policy, the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law received the official proposal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to admit the Republic of Moldova as a new Member of the Organisation. The Secretary General then formally opened the six month period for existing Members to vote on...

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Tajikistan joins the Apostille Convention as 108th Contracting State and becomes 145th Connected State

This afternoon, Tajikistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention). Following the usual procedural steps, the Convention will enter into force for Tajikistan on 31 October 2015, making it the 108th Contracting State to the Convention. As the Apostille Convention is...

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Towards the Well-Being of the Child Through the Hague Child Abduction and Protection of Children Conventions: An Asia Pacific Symposium, Macao, China

The conference "Towards the Well-Being of the Child Through the Hague Child Abduction and Protection of Children Conventions: An Asia Pacific Symposium, Macao, China" will take place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 June 2015 at the Macao Science Centre, Macao SAR, China. The event is jointly sponsored by the Law Reform and International Law Bureau of the Macao SAR, the Department of...

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Paraguay Promulgates the Law based on the Draft Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts

On 15 January 2015, Paraguay promulgated Law No 5393 on the Law Applicable to International Contracts (Law), which implements the Draft Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts (Draft Principles) (a newsflash published on the official Paraguay Government website is available here in Spanish). In line with the Draft Principles, this Law accepts party autonomy...

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5th Meeting of the ILA Committee on Intellectual Property and Private International Law and ILA-WIPO seminar on “Intellectual Property and Private International Law”, Geneva (15-16 January 2015)

On 15 January 2015 the ILA Committee on IP and Private International Law met at WIPO in Geneva. The Committee welcomed with interest the briefings delivered by the Permanent Bureau about the state of the discussions within the Working Group of the Judgments Project, especially in light of the fact that judgments on intellectual property matters have been proposed to be included in the...

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