The Hague Conference on Private International Law

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HccH) is the oldest international organisation based in The Hague.

Since 1893 its mission has been to work towards a world in which individuals and companies can enjoy a high degree of legal security when crossing borders between countries.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law

Founded in 1893, The Hague Conference was the first ever international body to be established in The Hague. It is also the only legislative body among the many legal institutions in The Hague. It is the world’s leading intergovernmental organisation in the field of private international law. It has drawn up no less than 38 international treaties or conventions to help overcome legal obstacles faced by individuals and companies in cross-border relations and transactions.

To respond to the needs of a globalising international community, the Hague Conference develops multilateral conventions (45 since 1893) and assists with their implementation. These Hague Conventions deal with such diverse fields as child abduction, inter-country adoption, service of documents abroad and apostilles, and they serve to build bridges between various legal systems while respecting their diversity.

Members of the Hague Conference represent every continent: 68 States and also one regional organisation (the European Community). Nearly 130 States are currently party to one or more Hague Conventions.

For more information, visit the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Hague Conference on Private International Law, HccH

Scheveningseweg 6
2517 KT The Hague
Telephone: 070 - 363 33 03
Email: secretariat@hcch.net
Website: www.hcch.net

Published: 11 April 2017Modified: 3 September 2018