Frequently Asked Questions on Hague Conventions

Q. What is the ``Hague Conference on Private International Law``?

A. The Hague Conference on Private International Law is an intergovernmental organisation, the purpose of which is “to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law”

Q. To which Conventions is the United States a party?

A. The United States is a party to the following conventions:

Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, October 5, 1961.

Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, November 15, 1965.

Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters,  March  18, 1970.

Q. To which Conventions is the United States a signatory? (The United States helped draft but is not obligated to abide by the Convention)

A. The United States is a signatory  but not a party to the following conventions:

Convention of July 1, 1985 on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition Convention of May 29, 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption

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