Collection of Conventions 1951-2009
This eighth edition of the Collection of Conventions of the Hague Conference contains most of the multilateral treaties entered into, under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, which has been working on the progressive unification of private international law since 1893 and as an intergovernmental organization since 1955. This edition, made necessary by a revision of its Statute and the adoption since 2003 of three new Conventions, reproduces the texts of the Hague Conventions in authentic versions as deposited with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The text of the Statute is followed by 38 international Conventions concerning areas as numerous and varied as family law, trade and financial law, or administrative and judicial co-operation and international litigation. These include the most widely ratified and best known Hague Conventions, such as the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, the Hague Child Abduction Convention, the Hague Apostille, Service, Evidence, and Access to Justice Conventions, as well as the most recent Hague Conventions on Choice of Court, Child Support, and Maintenance Obligations. The first seven Conventions, adopted between 1893 and 1904, are not included in this volume as they have since been superseded by more modern instruments. They are available for consultation, however, on the Hague Conference website at www.hcch.net. The first nine Conventions were adopted in French only, and so these are not reproduced in English. However, unofficial translations are available in several languages, including English and Spanish, and may be consulted on the Hague Conference website, together with the references of publications containing such translations.
Publication Date: 4/1/2009