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The US Ratifies The Child Support Convention: What About COCA?

Christophe Bernasconi, Sharla Draemel, Coos ‘t Hoen, and Philippe Lortie with the US instrument of ratification
The US deposits its instrument of ratification. Credit: Hague Conference on Private International Law

The United States signed the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance in November 2007, when the Convention was concluded. It was the first state to sign. The Senate gave its advice and consent to ratification in 2010. There were a few signatures in the following years, but there was no real action until the European Union signed in 2011. But even then, the United States did not ratify the Convention until August 2016.
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Hague Conference Developments

Readers, I’d like to bring you up to date on two developments from the Hague Conference.

First, the European Union has finally approved the Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. This had been expected since late last year. Because Mexico has already acceded to the Convention, the Convention will come into force between the EU member states and Mexico on October 1. We are still waiting for action by the US Senate. Singapore signed the Convention earlier this year, so let’s hope it doesn’t beat us to the finish line!

Second, a couple of months ago the Hague Conference approved the new Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. I will have a post on these in the next few weeks, but I wanted to call the Principles to your attention. My plan is to compare the Principles with the relevant sections of the Restatement (Second) on Conflict of Laws, and perhaps some intrepid readers from other legal systems will volunteer to provide their own comparisons. Let me know!