The Hague Conference on Private International Law

HCCH premises, The Hague, Netherlands

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is an intergovernmental organization which produces multilateral legal instruments that respond to global needs, while ensuring their monitoring. It has 80 members, including the European Union. Also, there are several countries that are part of The Hague Conventions but not members of the organization, which means that the work of the Conference encompasses more than 145 countries worldwide.


HCCH held its first meeting in 1893, and became an international organization permanently in 1955, with the enactment of the statute. Article 1 of the Statute of the HCCH gives it the following mandate: "The purpose of the Hague Conference is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law."


HCCH tries to unify the rules that govern international relations between private parties in various fields of work, for which it has 40 legal instruments to which States may choose to join. You can access the full list of the Hague Conventions through the following link:


Peru is a member State of the HCCH since 2001, and is a party to the following conventions of The Hague:



The following Peruvian Government entities are recognized as national authorities for the Conventions of the HCCH:


  • Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law - Ministry of Foreign Affairs (

  • Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs​ (

  • Convention of October 25 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction - Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (

  • Convention of May 29 1993 on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption - Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (

You can access all the information about the HCCH through the following link:


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