Dating back to 1893, the Hague Conference on Private International Law is the oldest international organisation in The Hague. It is also the only international organisation in The Hague that develops international treaties: the Hague Conventions. The Hague Conventions are used daily by millions of people, all around the globe. They provide clear and certain answers to a global life.
How? Well, we order books on Amazon. We buy a camera from an online store in Singapore. We get married on a beach in the South Pacific. Our lives have become global. No longer are we confined to one place. With the push of a button, we can reach the most remote places on this planet – whether we buy there or fly there. As a result, we connect to many countries — and many different legal systems. Often, we don’t notice that. And most of the time, it will make no difference to us. But when it does make a difference, say because something has gone wrong, then we may need to deal with very surprising results.
We can find ourselves in a foreign court we don’t know. We may need to deal with a foreign law which we don’t understand. We may have to find foreign lawyers to help us. And even if we get a judgment in our favour, it may be difficult or even impossible to enforce in another country. The Hague Conventions are solutions that help to avoid such surprises. Our instruments establish strong frameworks, negotiated and internationally agreed global standards that build bridges between different legal systems in the areas of cross-border family law; child protection; civil procedure and litigation; legal, judicial and administrative cooperation; and financial and commercial law.
Photo: Joop van Reeken
Rolling programme (no registrations required): Hague Conference Chill & Hang out Sunday
- Relax and chat with staff members of the oldest organisation in The Hague.
- Interactive games
- Live jazz music & cocktails
Opening times: 12.30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Interactive programme: presentations (fixed times, registrations required)
Times (approximately 60 min):
|Round 1||13:00 – 14:00|
|Round 2||15:00 – 16:00|
- What do we do: an introduction to The Hague Conference
- How does it work: practical examples that demonstrate how the Hague Conference’s instruments assist people and businesses alike
- Questions and Answers
Maximum of 40 people per session
Haagse Conferentie voor Internationaal Privaatrecht (HCCH)
2517 JW Den Haag
Where we are
The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is located in the International Zone of The Hague, at Churchillplein 6b, next to the World Forum and between the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Europol.