The Hague Conventions are a series of multilateral treaties which provide a means to coordinate the rules of private international law between member nations.
The Conventions are the work product of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, an intergovernmental organization based in the Netherlands which works for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law. Sixty-eight nations, including the United States, are currently members of the Hague Conference and support its work.
As of 2009, there were some thirty-eight different Hague Conventions in effect, each dealing with a different aspect of private international law. New Hague Conventions are constantly in the process of being drafted and adopted and current Conventions reviewed to improve their functionality. The Conventions are often distinguished from one another by the year in which they were adopted (“the 1965 Hague Convention”).