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Developments and Events


This section contains summaries of public meetings that have been held recently as well as summaries of, or references to, other notable developments.

Public Meeting on On-line Dispute Resolution. A public meeting on On-line Dispute Resolution (ODR) will be held on October 2, 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The UNCITRAL ODR Working Group is charged with the development of legal instruments for resolving both business to business and business to consumer cross-border electronic commerce disputes. The Working Group is in the process of developing generic ODR procedural rules for resolution of cross-border electronic commerce disputes, along with separate legal instruments that may take the form of annexes such as guidelines for online dispute resolution providers and arbitrators. The federal register notice can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-24/pdf/2014-22760.pdf (Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 185 / Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / Notices).

Child Maintenance. Section 459A of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 659A) authorizes the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to declare foreign countries, or their political subdivisions, to be reciprocating countries for the purpose of the enforcement of family support obligations. The Federal Register notice can be found in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 161, printed Wednesday, August 20, 2014, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-20/pdf/2014-19794.pdf , which includes a chart listing those countries.

50th Anniversaries of U.S. Membership in the Hague Conference and UNIDROIT. This year marks the 50th anniversary of U.S. membership in these two small but important international organizations. In particular, October 15, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the United States becoming a member state of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The United States celebrated its 50th anniversary of membership in the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) on March 13, 2014.

Annual ACPIL Meeting. The Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL) will hold its annual meeting on developments in private international law on Monday, November 3 in Washington DC. The meeting will be held at the Michael K. Young Faculty Conference Center, George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW., Washington, DC 20052. The program is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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