International Law

Hague Conference On Private International Law (HCCH)

Hague Conference on Private International Law

The purpose of the Hague Conference is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law. Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law are the States which have already participated in one or more Sessions of the Conference and which accept the present Statute. To be eligible to apply for membership of the Conference, a Regional Economic Integration Organisation must be one constituted solely by sovereign States, and to which its Member States have transferred competence over a range of matters within the purview of the Conference, including the authority to make decisions binding on its Member States in respect of those matters.The Statute was adopted during the Seventh Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on 31 October 1951 and entered into force on 15 July 1955.

Instrumentation

Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

Convention of 1 March 1954 on civil procedure

  • Convention of 15 June 1955 on the law applicable to international sales of goods
  • Convention of 15 April 1958 on the law governing transfer of title in international sales of goods
  • Convention of 15 April 1958 on the jurisdiction of the selected forum in the case of international sales of goods
  • Convention of 22 December 1986 on the Law Applicable to Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

Convention of 15 June 1955 relating to the settlement of the conflicts between the law of nationality and the law of domicile
Convention of 1 June 1956 concerning the recognition of the legal personality of foreign companies, associations and institutions

Convention of 24 October 1956 on the law applicable to maintenance obligations towards children
Convention of 15 April 1958 concerning the recognition and enforcement of decisions relating to maintenance obligations towards children

Convention of 5 October 1961 concerning the powers of authorities and the law applicable in respect of the protection of infants
Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Conflicts of Laws Relating to the Form of Testamentary Dispositions
Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents
Convention of 15 November 1965 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law and Recognition of Decrees Relating to Adoptions
Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters
Convention of 25 November 1965 on the Choice of Court
Convention of 1 February 1971 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters
Supplementary Protocol of 1 February 1971 to the Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters
Convention of 1 June 1970 on the Recognition of Divorces and Legal Separations
Convention of 4 May 1971 on the Law Applicable to Traffic Accidents
Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters
Convention of 2 October 1973 Concerning the International Administration of the Estates of Deceased Persons
Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Law Applicable to Products Liability

Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Relating to Maintenance Obligations
Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations
Convention of 14 March 1978 on the Law Applicable to Matrimonial Property Regimes
Convention of 14 March 1978 on Celebration and Recognition of the Validity of Marriages

Convention of 14 March 1978 on the Law Applicable to Agency
Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Convention of 25 October 1980 on International Access to Justice
Convention of 1 July 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition

Convention of 1 August 1989 on the Law Applicable to Succession to the Estates of Deceased Persons

Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption
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
Convention of 13 January 2000 on the International Protection of Adults
Convention of 5 July 2006 on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities held with an Intermediary
Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements
Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance
Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations
Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts
Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters


The HCCH has currently 88 Members: 87 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation.

Albania Andorra Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan
Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria Burkina Faso
Canada Chile China, People’s Republic of Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic
Denmark Dominican Republic
Ecuador Egypt Estonia European Union
Finland France
Georgia Germany Greece
Hungary
Iceland India Ireland Israel Italy
Japan Jordan
Kazakhstan Korea, Republic of
Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Malaysia Malta Mauritius Mexico Monaco Montenegro Morocco
Namibia Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Norway
Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal
Republic of Moldova Republic of North Macedonia Romania Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia Serbia Singapore Slovakia Slovenia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Suriname Sweden Switzerland
Thailand Tunisia Turkey
Ukraine United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United States of America Uruguay Uzbekistan
Venezuela Viet Nam
Zambia


‘OLD’ CONVENTIONS (1902-1945)

Marriage (1902)
Divorce (1902)
Guardianship (1902)
Civil Procedure (1905)
Effects of Marriage (1905)
Deprivation of Civil Rights (1905)