Hague Conference on Private International Law
|83 Members (82 Member States and the European Union)|
|€ 3.8 million (2014)|
private international law
|Substantive legal areas|
The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is an
The Hague Conference was first convened by
On the initiative of
The First to Fourth Diplomatic Session of the HCCH took place in 1893, 1894, 1900 and 1904 respectively. They resulted in a number of multilateral treaties, the Hague Conventions, that unified the rules of private international law in the areas of Marriage (1902), Divorce (1902), Guardianship (1902), Civil Procedure (1905), Effects of Marriage (1905), and Deprivation of Civil Rights (1905).
The acronym "HCCH" is derived from using the respective capitals of the phrases "Hague Conference" and "Conférence de La Haye". It represents the bilingual nature of the HCCH, which has both English and French as its working languages.