Manila, 19 October 2022 (TDI): The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) Asia Pacific week 2022 started in Manila, the Philippines on October, 18.

The conference is hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs Philippines, along with the Supreme Court, the Philippines Judicial Academy, and the University of the Philippines from 18 to 20 October.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Alexander G. Gesmundo along with the Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary, Enrique A. Manalo, and HCCH Secretary General Dr. Christopher Bernasconi officially opened the HCCH Asia Pacific Week Manila 2022 in Makati City.

The theme of the conference is “Enabling cross-border cooperation in the region and beyond”. During the conference, experts will discuss and exchange ideas as well as experience on HCCH’s prominent instruments, agendas, and possible future work.

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HCCH’s agenda in this age of globalization, covers cross-border interactions and emphasizes progressive unification of the rules of private international law and adopting conventions.

The three main instruments of HCCH that participants in the conference will learn are International Family and Child Protection Law, Transnational Litigation and Cooperation, and International Commercial, Digital, and Financial Law.

The Foreign Secretary of the Philippines welcomed HCCH Secretary General Bernasconi and his deputy Escolar and expressed gratitude for continuing cooperation and linkage between the Philippines and HCCH.

HCCH and its conventions

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is a 125 years old multilateral organization working for cross-border cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

It brings nations together to develop legal frameworks to facilitate International mobility, transaction, and dispute resolution at micro, meso, and macro levels.

HCCH Conventions are widely applicable in helping individuals, families, and companies involved in cross-border disputes by providing them with ultimate solutions concerning jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition, and enforcement of the judgment.

HCCH’s work addresses the limitations of private International law and its importance. It has a direct, positive impact on people’s lives.