Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)

Join us for our Quasquicentennial: The Hague Conference on Private International Law celebrates 125 years of shaping life across borders. The oldest international organisation in The Hague, it is also the only one in The Hague that develops international treaties: Hague Conventions.

Hague Conventions are used by millions daily. And chances are that you have used them too.

How? Modern lives have become global, they are no longer confined to one place. You may have ordered a book from Amazon, bought a camera from an online store based in Singapore, or got married on a beach in the South Pacific. With the push of a button, you can reach the most remote places on this planet – whether you buy there or fly there. And as a result, you become connected to many countries and with that to their legal systems.

Usually, you don’t notice this and most of the time, it will make no difference. But sometimes things go wrong and then you can meet with very surprising results. You can find yourself in a foreign court you don’t know, and you must understand a foreign law. If you are lucky you get a judgment in your favor, only to find out then that you cannot enforce it

The Hague Conventions offer solutions that help to avoid such surprises. They establish strong frameworks, negotiated and internationally agreed global standards. They 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. They help you to live a life across borders.

Photo: Joop van Reeken


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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 bring it 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 passport or ID card
  • Bring a your admission ticket (print or online version)
  • 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.