Vacancy: Temporary Legal Officer (approx. six months; full-time)

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a: TEMPORARY LEGAL OFFICER (approx. six months; full-time)in the field of legal co-operation. The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: A law degree (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent); Good knowledge of private international law as well as familiarity with comparative law; ...

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Fourth meeting of the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy

From 25 to 28 September 2018, the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy met for the fourth time in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 21 experts from different States, one observer and members of the Permanent Bureau.  The Group’s mandate is “to explore the feasibility of advancing work (…) on the private international law issues surrounding the status of...

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1993 Hague Adoption Convention enters into force for Benin

On 1 October 2018, the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (hereinafter the “1993 Hague Convention”) entered into force for Benin, following the signature and deposit of its instrument of ratification on 28 June 2018. The 1993 Hague Convention currently has...

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6th Meeting of the Working Group on the draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b)

From 18 to 21 September 2018, the Working Group on the draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b) met at the offices of the Permanent Bureau in the Hague. The meeting was attended by 30 experts and members of the Permanent Bureau under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Mrs Diana Bryant, AO, QC, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. The experts represented 16 States from...

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King Willem-Alexander joins HCCH for 125th Anniversary Celebrations

On Wednesday 12 September, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands joined the HCCH for a commemorative ceremony to celebrate its 125th anniversary year at Diligentia theatre in The Hague. Since its establishment in 1893, the Hague Conference has successfully built bridges between diverse legal systems and facilitate cross-border co-operation in civil and commercial matters. By...

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125 YEARS HCCH

On 12 September 1893, Tobias Asser, Dutch Jurist, Scholar and Statesman, realised a vision: he opened the first Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). Today, exactly 125 years later, the HCCH celebrates Asser’s vision and the occasion of this First Session with a solemn ceremony in the presence of his Majesty The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. ...

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Cuba accedes to 1980 Child Abduction Convention; Paraguay accedes to 1996 Child Protection Convention; Philippines accedes to 1961 Apostille Convention

On 12 September 2018, Cuba, Paraguay and the Philippines joined various Hague Conventions, coinciding with the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the “HCCH”).  Cuba deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International...

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Choice of Court Convention enters into force for Denmark

On 1 September 2018, the Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (hereinafter the “Choice of Court Convention”) entered into force for Denmark, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 30 May 2018. At the time of its accession, and in accordance with Art. 21 of the Choice of Court Convention, Denmark made a declaration to exclude certain...

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Choice of Court Convention enters into force for Montenegro

On 23 August 2018, the Permanent Bureau was informed that Montenegro had deposited its instrument of ratification to the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention) on 18 April 2018. Following this ratification the Choice of Court Convention entered into force for Montenegro on 1 August 2018. With Montenegro’s ratification, the Choice of...

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