Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)

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

Programme (English):

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)
Churchillplein 6b
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.


Most organisations have strict security. Because of this, we have added a list of the DO’s and DON’Ts for you. As a visitor, you’ll be required to follow these. You will receive your security passes a week beforehand via e-mail. We ask you to please print these out and bring them with you. The security of the organisations can ask you to show your passes. Although the chance is there that registration will be enough and you will not be asked to show your pass. At all times you are required to bring a legal personal ID, like a passport of a ID-Card. Bus-, library, etc. cards are not valid identification. Security checks take time, so please keep this in mind when visiting. We ask for your patience for any eventual waiting times.


  • Bring a valid ID like a password.
  • Bring a printed version of your access card.
  • Keep in mind that security checks can take some time.
  • Listen and comply with security.


  • Do not bring large bags.
  • Do not bring prams unless absolutely necessary.
  • Do not bring electronic devices.
  • Photos and video recordings aren’t always permitted.

Organisations and Busstops

Below you wil find a map (Google Maps) with all organisations that open their doors during the Open Day. You can recognise the different organisations by their red flag icons. There are also free tour buses provided by Connexxion Tours, which will take you to or close to an organisation. De busstops are marked with the blue bus icons. By clicking on a blue busstop icon, you will see a overview of the departure times and can view the walk-routes you can take from a busstop to an organisation. You can visit the Transportation page directly to get a complete overview of the free bus schedule.