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Hague Conference on Private International Law

(“Hague Conference” or “H.C.C.H.”) A permanent intergovernmental organisation whose purpose is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law and under the auspices of which the Apostille Convention was negotiated and adopted.

Hague Convention

An international treaty developed and adopted by the Hague Conference. The full title of the Convention is the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. The final text of the Convention was adopted by the Hague Conference at its Ninth Session on 26 October 1960 and was first signed on 5 October 1961 (hence the date in its full title).

The Hague Conference has adopted many other international treaties (known as the Hague Conventions).

Hague Conventions

International treaties developed and adopted by the Hague Conference. A list of all the Hague Conventions is available on the Hague Conference website <> under “Conventions”. The Apostille Convention is the 12th Hague Convention.

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