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King Willem-Alexander to attend 125th anniversary of The Hague Conference on Private International Law

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is due to attend the 125th anniversary of The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). The King will attend on the afternoon of Wednesday, 12 September at the Theater Diligentia in The Hague.

The HCCH, an intergovernmental organisation, works to create international treaties, also called Hague Conventions, to have consistent international regulations. It is also known as The World Organization for Cross-border Co-operation in Civil and Commercial Matters. There are 82 member states associated with HCCH – including the European Union, Netherlands, United States, and United Kingdom. Additionally, there are 69 non-member countries which are connected to one or more of the HCCH’s treaties.

The Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) released the information yesterday regarding King Willem-Alexander’s attendance. They also explained that the “HCCH focuses on (international) civil procedures, child protection and commercial and financial legislation.”

In total, 38 international treaties have been created (including one regarding “facilitating the use of public deeds abroad, intercountry adoption and child abduction”) with another set to be passed during the 125th anniversary conference in The Hague. This legislation will focus on “the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.” The HCCH also has further “instruments” that have global support.

More information on the HCCH can be found here.

King Willem-Alexander’s first scheduled event after his summer holiday with his family will be on Monday, 27 August when he visits Tilburg to open the MBO year 2018-2019. His Majesty celebrated the anniversary of his fifth year on the Dutch throne in April of this year.

On 30 April 2013, Willem-Alexander’s mother, the then Queen Beatrix signed the instrument of abdication in favour of her eldest son. He was inaugurated as King of the Netherlands that afternoon in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam in front of the joint assembly of the States General, foreign royals and other guests.

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