HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2020: 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Evidence Convention


The HCCH and the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union have the pleasure of announcing that registration is now open for HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2020, which will mark the golden anniversary of the HCCH Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (HCCH Evidence Convention). This year’s edition builds upon the success of HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2019, which revolved around the theme ‘The HCCH Service Convention in the Era of Electronic and Information Technology. 

The event will be hosted entirely online on Wednesday 2 December from 2:15 p.m. CET. It will feature a keynote speech by Professor Dr Michael Stürner entitled “50 years of the HCCH Evidence Convention – Facilitating cross-border proceedings” as well as two panels that will discuss the very latest in the cross-border taking of evidence under Chapter I and II of the HCCH Evidence Convention.

Participants will be able to follow the event via a livestream on a dedicated website. While participation is free of charge, the number of registered participants will be limited, and registrations will therefore be handled on a first come, first served basis.

After registration, participants will receive a password which will also enable them to interact with other participants via a chat function and ask questions during the panel discussions. This password will be distributed to registered participants a few days before the conference. We also encourage participants to submit their questions before the meeting, preferably at the time of registration. Please note that the working language of HCCH a|Bridged – Edition 2020 will be English, and there will be no French interpretation. 

The deadline for registrations is Friday 27 November 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CET. A Concept Note, the Programme, and registration information is available on the HCCH website.

This post is published by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference of Private International Law (HCCH).

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