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The New Practical Handbooks Are Here!

Readers, it doesn’t get any more exciting than this. The Hague Conference has just published new editions of the Practical Handbooks on the Service and Evidence Conventions. These were years in the making, and a lot of painstaking work has gone into them. I have seen the drafts and can tell you that they will be useful to you as standard references for years to come. They are available in e-book format only: you can buy yours at the Hague Conference website.

Congratulations to the staff of the Permanent Bureau and the experts who participated in the drafting for bringing these projects to fruition! The forwards to the new Handbooks give special mention to Bill Fritzlen of the U.S. State Department and Alex Kunzelmann, Mayela Celis, Thomas John, and Brody Warren of the Permanent Bureau (I think Alex has left the Hague for new adventures), who were principal drafters.

Hague Conference: The Experts’ Group Issues Its Report

Earlier this year, the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference established an Experts’ Group on the Use of Video-Link and other Modern Technologies in the Taking of Evidence Abroad. The mandate of the group was to “investigate the issues that may arise with the use of video-link and other modern technologies in the taking of evidence abroad” and “to study existing instruments and current practice, and explore potential ways to address these issues, including the desirability and feasibility of an optional protocol or any other instrument.” The group met several days ago in the Hague and has just issued its report.
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