The Hague Convention on International Access to Justice

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This is the seventh in a series of “accession kits” being prepared by the Commonwealth Secretariat primarily to assist Commonwealth countries in considering whether to accede to selected international conventions, especially in the field of private international law.

This paper is a review of the most recent Hague Convention in civil procedure. It contains the full English text of the Convention and recommendations and advice as to accession procedures.



Accession and Implementation

Signature or accession. States which are Member States of The Hague Conference may sign the Convention, and subsequently deposit an instrument of ratification with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Any other State may accede, the instrument of accession being deposited with the same Ministry. The detailed procedures and the periods of time after which ratification and accession become effective are specified in the Final Clauses of the Convention (Articles 31 to 36), which are self-explanatory.


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