A few months ago the Service Section of the Hague Conference published a helpful table showing the position of each state party to the Convention on the applicability of the following provisions of the Convention:

  • Article 8 (freedom of a contracting state to serve process abroad directly through its diplomatic or consular agents)
  • Article 10(a) (freedom to “send” judicial documents through postal channels directly to persons abroad)
  • Article 10(b) (freedom of judicial officers of the state of origin to effect service of judicial documents directly through the judicial officers or other competent persons of the state of destination)
  • Article 10(c) (freedom of the parties to effect service directly  through the judicial officers or other competent persons of the state of destination)
  • Article 15 (prerequisites for default judgment where the defendant has not appeared)
  • Article 16 (time limitations governing applications for relief from the expiration of the time to appeal a default judgment)

You can, of course, find the same information in the status table at the Service Section website, but this new table provides an easy reference and should be consulted to avoid traps for the unwary.