Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: The Hague, The Netherlands
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 15/07/1955

Category

Institutional Participation

Sub category

International Trade Law

Groups

HCCH

What is it about?

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is an Intergovernmental Organization – headquartered at The Hague, the Netherlands – created “to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law” (Statute, Article 1). In order to achieve this, the Conference carries out negotiations and drafting of multilateral treaties in the different fields of private international law. After preparatory research done by the Secretariat, preliminary drafts of the Conventions are drawn up by the Special Commissions composed of governmental experts. The drafts are then discussed and adopted by State representatives at the Plenary Session of the Conference. The Conference deals with personal and family issues, such as status and protection of children, as well as with commercial issues – such as recognition of companies, conflict of laws for contracts and jurisdiction and enforcement of foreign judgments. The multilateral treaties signed within the Conference contribute to increase the degree of legal security of international commercial transactions.

Why is it relevant?

By adhering to the Conference, States can actively participate in the process of drafting (through Special Commissions) and adopting (at the Plenary Session) multilateral trade conventions in the field of private international law. Only if invited, non-member States can participate at the Plenary Session on equal footing with member States. In addition, the Secretariat of the Conference – the Permanent Bureau – maintains close contact with the governments of its Member States through National Organs designated by each government.

Additional Information

In order to promote international co-operation and to ensure co-ordination of the work undertaken by different bodies, the Hague Conference on Private International Law has close contacts with a number of International Organizations, including the United Nations.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania04/06/2002
Andorra11/06/2015
Argentina28/04/1972
Armenia28/04/2015
Australia01/11/1973
Austria17/07/1955
Azerbaijan29/07/2014
Belarus12/07/2001
Belgium17/07/1955
Bosnia and Herzegovina07/06/2001
Brazil23/02/2001
Bulgaria22/04/1999
Burkina Faso16/10/2013
Canada07/10/1968
Chile03/07/1987
China03/07/1987
Costa Rica27/01/2011
Croatia12/06/1995
Cyprus08/10/1984
Czech Republic28/01/1993
Denmark15/07/1955
Ecuador02/11/2007
Egypt24/04/1961
Estonia13/05/1998
Finland02/12/1955
France20/04/1964
Georgia28/05/2001
Germany14/12/1955
Greece26/08/1955
Hungary06/01/1987
Iceland14/11/2003
India13/03/2008
Ireland26/08/1955
Israel24/09/1964
Italy26/06/1957
Japan27/06/1957
Jordan13/06/2001
Latvia11/08/1992
Lithuania23/10/2001
Luxembourg12/03/1956
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)20/09/1993
Malaysia02/10/2002
Malta30/01/1995
Mauritius19/01/2011
Mexico18/03/1986
Moldova16/03/2016
Monaco08/08/1996
Montenegro15/05/2007
Morocco06/09/1993
Netherlands15/07/1955
New Zealand05/02/2002
Norway15/07/1955
Panama29/05/2002
Paraguay28/06/2005
Peru29/01/2001
Philippines14/07/2010
Poland29/05/1984
Portugal15/07/1955
Republic of Korea20/08/1997
Romania10/04/1991
Russian Federation06/12/2001
Serbia26/04/2001
Singapore09/04/2014
Slovakia26/04/1993
Slovenia18/06/1992
South Africa14/02/2002
Spain15/07/1955
Sri Lanka27/09/2001
Suriname07/10/1977
Sweden15/07/1955
Switzerland06/05/1957
Tunisia04/11/2014
Turkey26/08/1955
Ukraine03/12/2003
United Kingdom15/07/1955
United States of America15/10/1964
Uruguay27/12/1983
Venezuela25/07/1979
Viet Nam10/04/2013
Zambia17/05/2013
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
195515
19561
19573
19611
19643
19681
19721
19731
19771
19791
19831
19842
19861
19875
19911
19922
19934
19952
19961
19971
19981
19991
200110
20025
20032
20051
20072
20081
20101
20112
20133
20143
20152
20161
Total83
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