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The Hague Conference on Private International Law is “a melting pot of different legal traditions, it develops and services multilateral legal instruments, which respond to global needs.” It has 68 member countries; EU is also a member. “An increasing number of non-Member States are also becoming Parties to the Hague Conventions. As a result, the work of the Conference encompasses 130 countries around the world.” Since 1955 it has been a permanent inter-governmental organization.

It is engaged in fostering cooperation in legal matters, having been instrumental in developing international conventions in the areas of: service of process, taking of evidence abroad, access to justice, product liability, and many others. Even if they are not ratified, these conventions have an impact on the legal systems of member and non-member countries. The current priority areas include: “cross-border mediation in family matters, choice of law in international contracts, accessing the content of foreign law and the possible need for the development of a global instrument in these areas, questions of private international law raised by the information society, including electronic commerce, conflict of jurisdictions, applicable law and international judicial and administrative co-operation in respect of civil liability for environmental damage; jurisdiction and recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of succession upon death and questions of private international law relating to unmarried couples; as well as assessment and analysis of transnational legal issues relating to indirectly held securities and security interests, taking into account in particular the work undertaken by other international organizations.” Other news, updates and events available on the website.

The plenary session takes place every four years. The Permanent Bureau is located in The Hague.