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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 Hague Trusts Convention. A public meeting on the 1985 Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on Their Recognition was held, under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on January 21, 2015, at the Department of State, Annex 4, South Building, 2430 E Street, NW, Washington DC. The meeting was chaired by a representative of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law.  The federal register notice can be found at

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, , 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.

ACPIL Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law was held on November 3, 2014, at George Washington University Law School. The one day meeting was attended by 70 participants. Topics of discussion included updates on recent developments in private international law, description of progress in the domestic implementation of private international law treaties, and an open forum on the longer-term future of private international law.


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