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Mayela Celis

Registration for the XLI Seminar organised by the Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law (AMEDIP) is now open, please click here. For background information, please see my previous post here.

By the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

On 12 September 1893, Tobias Asser, Dutch Jurist, Scholar and Statesman, realised a vision: he opened the first Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). Today, exactly 125 years later, the HCCH celebrates Asser’s vision and the occasion of this First Session with a solemn ceremony in the presence of his Majesty The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

2018/19 SVIR/SSDI Hague Conference Grant

By the Swiss Association SVIR/SSDI (“Schweizerische Vereinigung für Internationales Recht – Société suisse de droit international“)

Job Vacancy at the Asser Institute (the Netherlands)

The Asser Institute in The Hague (the Netherlands) is looking for a Researcher in Private International Law (full time – 38 hours per week). The successful candidate is expected to start preferably from 1 November 2018 and will be conducting research on the Brussels I bis Regulation as part of a DG JUST research project, among other things. He or she will strengthen the research capacity of the Asser Institute in the area of private international law, working within its Research Strand on adequate dispute settlement, and in the context of the Institute’s Strategic Research Agenda.

Former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), Hans van Loon, has just published a very interesting article on “Principles and building blocks for a global legal framework for transnational civil litigation in environmental matters” in the Uniform Law Review, Vol. 23, Issue 2, June 2018, pp. 298–318.  An abstract is available at

By Frédéric Breger, Legal Officer at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH has just released Volume XXII of the Judges’ Newsletter (Summer-Fall 2018) with a Special Focus on “The Child’s Voice – 15 Years Later”. This “Anniversary” Volume was published in co-operation with Professor Marilyn Freeman (University of Westminster, London, England) and Associate Professor Nicola Taylor (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand) in the context of their British Academy research grant on the objection of the child under Article 13(2) of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention. It gathers contributions from 25 authors (academics, lawyers, judges, mediators, psychologists…) and covering approximately 15 jurisdictions on the topic of the “objection of the child” exception.

The decision is available here and further documentation is available here. I would also like to refer to previous posts by fellow editors here and here. The US Supreme Court held that: “A federal court determining foreign law under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 44.1 should accord respectful consideration to a foreign government’s submission, but the court is not bound to accord conclusive effect to the foreign government’s statements.”

The Spanish version of the 2018 Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments has been made available here.

The videos of the opening speeches, the keynote speech and the sessions of the global Conference “HCCH 125 – Ways Forward: Challenges and Opportunities in an Increasingly Connected World” (which took place in Hong Kong on 18-20 April 2018) have been uploaded onto the HCCH YouTube channel.

The English and French versions of the HCCH Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments have been just uploaded onto the Hague Conference website (< >). See News and Events here.

Subject to the approval of the Council of the Hague Conference, a Diplomatic Session will be held in mid-2019. In such a case, this text will form the basis of the discussions at this meeting.