Press Release – Foreign Minister meets with leading inter-governmental organisation on Private International Law

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Honourable Hugh Todd, today met the Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), Christophe Bernasconi along with representatives of the body. During the virtual meeting, among mutual areas of interest, they discussed strengthening relations between Guyana and the HCCH.

Guyana is not a member of the Hague Conference, however, in 2017, Guyana became a state party to five of the Hague Conventions. These include the 2007 Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance; the 1993 Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption; the 1996 Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children; the 1980 Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; and the 1961 Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is the leading intergovernmental organisation on private international law. Founded in 1893, it was the first-ever international body to be established in The Hague. It has since drawn up several international treaties to help overcome legal obstacles faced by individuals and companies in cross-border relations and transactions.

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