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About the Hague Conference on Private International Law

The Hague Conference on Private International Law was established in 1893 and became a permanent intergovernmental organisation in 1955. Today,

the Hague Conference is the pre-eminent World Organisation dealing with cross-border legal issues in civil and commercial matters. Its mission is to work towards a world in which individuals and companies can enjoy a high degree of legal certainty in cross- border situations.

Responding to the needs of a globalising international community, the Hague Conference develops multilateral Conventions (45 since 1893) and assists with their implementation and practical operation. These Hague Conventions deal with such diverse fields as Apostilles; service of process abroad; taking of evidence abroad; shares, bonds and other securities; child abduction, intercountry adoption, maintenance obligations, etc. These Conventions serve to build bridges between various legal systems while respecting their diversity. The Secretariat of the Hague Conference is called the Permanent Bureau.

hague conference on private international law permanent bureau

6, Scheveningseweg 2517 KT The Hague The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (70) 363 3303

Fax: +31 (70) 360 4867

E-mail: secretariat@hcch.net

Website: www.hcch.net