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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.

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.

Public Meeting on International Arbitration and Conciliation. A public meeting was held, under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on July 31, 2014, at the Department of State, Washington DC. The meeting was chaired by a representative of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law. The public meeting was convened to discuss a possible future project for Working Group II (arbitration and conciliation) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The United States has proposed that the Working Group develop a convention on the enforcement of conciliated settlement agreements that resolve international commercial disputes. Participants in the meeting discussed a number of questions related to the possible convention, including what the scope of such a convention should be (and how that scope should be defined); the extent to which states should be able to exclude certain types of settlements, or elements of settlements, from being covered by the convention; and the ability of parties to a settlement to limit the application of the convention. No matter was resolved. No report was approved.


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