Post-Convention Work

To ensure the effective implementation and operation of its Conventions and instruments, the HCCH provides a range of post-Convention services.

Special Commission Meetings
The HCCH organises Special Commission meetings to review the practical operation of many of its core Conventions and instruments, adopting Conclusions & Recommendations (known as “C&Rs”) aimed at promoting best practices and improving their operation.

Upcoming Special Commission Meetings:
  • Q2 2022 – Special Commission on the 2007 Child Support Convention and 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol
  • Q3 2022 – Special Commission on the 1993 Adoption Convention
  • Q3-4 2022 – Special Commission on the 2000 Protection of Adults Convention
  • Q1-2 2023 – Special Commission on the 1965 Service Convention, 1970 Evidence Convention, and 1980 Access to Justice Convention
  • Q3-4 2023 – Special Commission on the 1980 Child Abduction Convention and 1996 Child Protection Convention
Publications
HCCH Conventions and instruments are each accompanied by an Explanatory Report, providing information and guidance as to its interpretation and operation. The full negotiation history is recorded and published in the volumes of the Proceedings.

In addition, the HCCH has developed various Practical Handbooks, Guides to Good Practice and other publications. They are addressed to governmental authorities, academics, legal practitioners and the general public, with a view to not only promoting the Conventions and instruments, but also supporting their sound implementation and effective operation.

The full catalogue of HCCH publications is available here.
Use of technology
Each HCCH Convention or instrument is drafted in a “technology neutral” manner, to the extent possible. This approach ensures that technologies not foreseen when the Conventions and instruments were negotiated can nonetheless be leveraged to facilitate their effective implementation and operation.

As part of its post-Convention work, the HCCH has a number of initiatives to support the use of available technological solutions and encourage States to do the same. These include:
  • iSupport – electronic case management and secure communication system for the cross-border recovery of maintenance obligations under the EU 2009 Maintenance Regulation and the HCCH 2007 Child Support Convention.
  • e-APP – the electronic Apostille Programme, aimed at facilitating the issuance of e-Apostilles and the electronic verification of both paper and e-Apostilles under the HCCH 1960 Apostille Convention.
  • INCADAT – legal database of case law on international child abduction, aimed at facilitating access to cases, case summaries and legal analyses within the scope of application of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention.
Post-Convention assistance
States may also receive tailored support in the implementation and operation of HCCH Conventions in the form of post-Convention (technical) assistance, provided by the Permanent Bureau with the occasional involvement of external experts. These services are primarily offered to HCCH Members and are dependent on available resources and work programme priorities. This priority access to technical assistance is a major practical advantage of being a Member of the HCCH.

The provision of post-Convention technical assistance is governed by the Strategic Framework for Post-Convention Assistance.
Events
HCCH representatives regularly organise and participate in conferences, seminars, and workshops to promote the work of the Organisation and the effective operation of its Conventions and instruments.

Selected post-Convention projects

ICATAP
Through the Intercountry Adoption Technical Assistance Programme (ICATAP), established in 2007, the HCCH provides assistance to certain States which are planning ratification of, or accession to, the 1993 Adoption Convention, or which have ratified or acceded to the 1993 Adoption Convention but need assistance with its implementation.

To date, over 35 States have received assistance under ICATAP. In 2021, the following assistance projects were implemented:
  • ICATAP Ecuador
  • ICATAP Paraguay
HCCH a|Bridged
Since 2019, the HCCH a|Bridged series has convened experts and stakeholders from around the world to explore the work of the HCCH in the broader context of innovation in cross-border litigation and civil procedure.
Recognition and enforcement of judgments
The HCCH and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have partnered to assist States in South East Europe (SEE) in the promotion of the 2019 Judgments Convention. Through its Open Regional Fund for South East Europe – Legal Reform, and on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GIZ supports Ministries of Justice and Chambers of Enforcement Agents in SEE in promoting the exchange of knowledge and the use of good practices to improve the conditions for cross-border enforcement of judgments.

To date, the HCCH’s cooperation with GIZ has resulted in the following outputs:
  • Organisation of six online seminars on the cross-border enforcement of foreign judgments in SEE, each focused on a specific SEE jurisdiction.
  • Publication of the book "Cross-border Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judicial Decisions in SEE and Perspectives of HCCH 2019 Judgments Convention”, comprised by reports from the SEE jurisdictions. This publication is available in EnglishAlbanianMacedonian and Bosnian-Serbian-Montenegrin.
  • Translation of the Explanatory Report on the 2019 Judgments Convention, as well as of the subtitles for the short documentary on the adoption of the 2019 Judgments Convention at the 22nd Diplomatic Session, into Albanian, Macedonian and Bosnian-Serbian-Montenegrin.
HCCH Conference on Commercial, Digital and Financial Law Across Borders (CODIFI)
Preparations are currently underway for the upcoming international CODIFI conference on the HCCH Conventions, instruments and projects relating to commercial and financial law, to be held online on 12-16 September 2022.