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September 2021

The Department of International Law organizes Joint Meeting on Private International Law with the Hague Conference and Legal Advisors of Ministries of Foreign Affairs


The Department of International Law organizes Joint Meeting on Private International Law with the Hague Conference and Legal Advisors of Ministries of Foreign Affairs

On September 16th, the Department of International Law (DIL) in collaboration with the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), co-hosted a meeting of the Legal Advisors on Private International Law within the Ministries of Foreign Relations of OAS Member States, in which 26 countries of the region participated.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity to hear issues and concerns from legal advisors in private international law and to serve as a forum in which to present for discussion and feedback ongoing work in this field by both organizations. Accordingly, the focus was on two topics currently under consideration by the Interamerican Juridical Committee (CJI) and relevant HCCH and OAS instruments linked to these topics, namely, the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments; and the use of technology in cross-border cooperation.

On the first topic, participants heard a presentation by Dr. João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, First Secretary and Diplomat Lawyer of the HCCH Permanent Bureau on their 2019 Judgments Convention and 2005 Choice of Court Convention and a presentation by Ms. Jeannette Tramhel, Senior Legal Officer of DIL on domestic procedures for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in light of the 1979 Inter-American Convention on Extraterritorial Validity of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards. On the second topic, participants heard from Dr. Ribeiro-Bidaoui on the HCCH 1965 Service Convention and the 1970 Taking of Evidence Convention and also from Dr. Cecilia Fresnedo de Aguirre, CJI member, on new technologies and their relevance to legal cooperation in light of the two 1975 Inter-American Conventions on Letters Rogatory and the Taking of Evidence Abroad, and their respective Protocols.

The joint initiative was well-received by participating OAS Member States and several participants shared their views on the instruments under discussion and the way forward. The ideas shared will be summarized in a discussion paper and posted in the DIL website
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