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The UIHJ participated on 14 and 15 March 2017 in The Hague (The Netherlands) in the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference on Private International Law


As an observer, the UIHJ, represented by its Secretary General, Mathieu Chardon, participated in the work of the Hague Conference. In his activity report, Christophe Bernasconi recalled that 81 countries and the European Union are members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law of which he is the Secretary General. He observed that 35 states, or 42.6% of the countries have joined the organisation since 2000. Several new countries will join it soon. 150 countries are now connected by at least one of the conventions drawn up by the Hague Conference.

Among the many topics on the agenda of the meeting which took place from 14 to 16 March 2017 were:
A report on the work in progress concerning the draft convention on the execution of judgments abroad, work which are followed by the UIHJ;
Cross-border recognition and enforcement of agreements reached in the course of international child disputes
Use of video link and other modern technologies in the taking of evidence abroad;
Recognition and enforcement of foreign civil protection orders;
Co-operation between UNCITRAL, Unidroit and the Hague Conference
Child support Convention (including iSupport) and its Protocol
Apostille Convention
Choice of Court Convention

Various issues related to the governance of the Hague Conference were also discussed, including the 125th anniversary of the organisation to be celebrated in 2018, and the decisions on the programme of work for 2017-2018.