The Hague Service Convention at 50

Readers, I’m excited to announce that Letters Blogatory, along with the Center for Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center, will be hosting an event to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Hague Service Convention! The event, to be held in Washington on February 19, 2015, will bring together practitioners, central authority representatives, and academics to discuss and celebrate the Convention’s legacy and to look ahead to its future. There will be plenty of time for meeting and greeting, too! Please do mark your calendars, and RSVP. I hope to see you there! Details are below.

What: The Hague Service Convention at 50
When: February 19, 2015
Where: Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
Who: We will have several panel discussions featuring practitioners, academics, representatives of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and the central authorities of several states. And we hope to have you, too!
Why: The Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, concluded in 1965, has, over the past half-century, become one of the most useful tools for the simplification of procedure in cross-border disputes. In the beginning just a handful of states, primarily European and North American, were parties. But over time, the Convention has grown and is now in effect in 68 states, including states on every continent and from every major legal tradition We will look back over the past 50 years at the successes of the Convention. We’ll also look ahead at the challenges facing the Convention in the future—challenges relating to unforeseen new technologies, non-uniform interpretations of the Convention, and inadvertent failures to understand the Convention in the bench and the bar. We will also have an opportunity for greeting colleagues and friends.
RSVP: RSVP on the web