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Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements

On October 1, 2015, the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the “Convention”) entered into force. The Convention binds Mexico and all members of the European Union, with the exception of Denmark. Even though...more

Filing and Litigating a Hague Convention Child Abduction Civil Case in Federal Court

Background on Child Abduction Cases Under the Hague Convention - The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Hague Convention”) is an international treaty in which the signatory...more

Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements – What you need to know

Whilst arbitration agreements in international cases are widely recognised under the New York Convention, the same is not always true for choice of court agreements, for which divergent national rules more often apply. The...more

Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements Treaty Entered Into Force

On October 1, 2015, the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements treaty entered into force, binding Mexico and all of the members of the European Union with the exception of Denmark. The United States and Singapore have...more

International Depositions and Visa Requirements

When planning international travel, visa requirements can sometimes throw a monkey wrench into the process. This is bad enough when planning a highly anticipated vacation. When planning international travel for business,...more

Florida Court Provides a Lesson in Nuncupative and Notarial Wills

Many lawyers have not heard the terms “nuncupative wills” and “notarial wills” since they took their bar exams (and some perhaps not even then). A recent Florida case provides us with a real world application of these terms....more

Federal Circuit Enforces Arbitration Award, Rejects Foreign Sovereign’s Immunity Challenge

In 1973, Chevron and Ecuador signed an agreement allowing Chevron to develop oil fields in Ecuador. Years later, litigation ensued and eventually Chevron commenced an arbitration action before a tribunal in the Hague. Ecuador...more

3 Keys to Child Safety

Although summer has come to a close, lots of families continue to hit the roads (and even the seas and air) on vacation over long weekends, holidays and school vacations. Most divorced families agree upon a parenting plan...more

Serving Proceedings in Russia under the Hague Convention

The English High Court has clarified one aspect of service of English proceedings in Russia under the Hague Convention. The English Courts remain an attractive venue for Russian related litigation. A claimant wishing to...more

The Hague Evidence Convention and International Deposition

Coordinating international depositions involves many steps and details. Depending on the country playing host to your depositions, there may be more or fewer steps to take. One of the first things to check is whether or not...more

Depositions in Croatia

As a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, Croatia requires prior permission from the Croatian Central Authority when taking depositions of Croatian or third-country nationals. Letters of request must be sent to the...more

Deposing a Willing Russian Witness

Unfortunately, not all countries permit the taking of depositions. Mainland China, though a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, is just one example. Russia is not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention and does not...more

Hague Convention Choice of Court Agreements to Take Effect in October

The Hague Convention could save time and expense on jurisdictional disputes and aims to streamline cross-border enforcement. On 11 June, the Latvian presidency, on behalf of 27 of the 28 European Union (EU) member...more

International Parental Child Abductions – The Hague Convention Can Help

Ever wonder what happens when a child is wrongfully taken across international borders? - What happens if a child who lives in the United States is wrongfully removed by a parent, taken to France, and kept there? ...more

Worldwide Bound: the Hague Service Convention in International Family Law Cases

As a family lawyer in Silicon Valley, I often work with clients with international issues: enforcing judgments in Europe, dividing property abroad or obtaining custody orders when the parents live on different continents. A...more

How to Depose a Danish Witness in The Netherlands

Denmark has declared, per Articles 15 and 16 of The Hague Evidence Convention, that depositions may not be taken in Denmark by diplomatic or consular officers without prior permission from the Danish Ministry of Justice....more

Seoul Depositions

The capital of South Korea, Seoul, is the second largest metropolitan area in the world, and home to over half of South Korea’s population. Seoul is ranked as the world’s most wired city (and home to the world’s fastest...more

5 Things to Save Time (and Client $) When Using Hague Service Convention

Filed under “wisdom borne of pain” — five things about using the Hague Service Convention that lop hours off of the time spent serving a foreign company in a US-based litigation....more

Change to Rules of Service Out of the United Kingdom Following the Recast Brussels Regulation

Introduction - Regulation 44/2001 (the “Original Brussels Regulation”), which aimed to harmonise the approach to jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments across European Union Member States’...more

Discovery in Belgium

Taking depositions in Belgium is similar to taking depositions in the U.S. Although Belgium is not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, prior permission for taking depositions of Belgian citizens is not required, nor...more

Discovery and Depositions in Germany

Although Germany is a party to The Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters, the German Ministry of Justice has placed certain restrictions regarding how voluntary depositions of...more

Conducting Depositions in Sweden

One of the jewels of the Scandinavian region of Europe, the Kingdom of Sweden,is a highly frequented country for taking depositions. Not only is the country full of interesting history and breathtaking beauty, it is also a...more

China Begins Issuing 10-year Visas

For many years, U.S.-China relations have been strained; however, with President Obama’s recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region, tensions seem to be easing. Evidence of this upturn in relations comes as China began issuing...more

Is International Service of Process by Mail Permitted?

When a foreign client is sued in a U.S. court, the first question we typically address is the issue of how the complaint was served. It is not uncommon for some plaintiff’s lawyers to attempt service of process over a foreign...more

The Hague Convention: Defending a Japanese Company in U.S. PL Litigation

Japan is currently the fourth-largest U.S. trading partner, exporting on average, $130 billion in goods to the United States each year. More than half of all of those goods are manufactured products in the form of vehicles or...more

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