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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 Electronic Transferable Records. A public meeting to discuss an UNCITAL Secretariat draft of model provisions on electronic transferable records will be held on October 27, 2014 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT. The UNCITRAL Electronic Commerce Working Group is charged with the development of an instrument that will facilitate the global use of electronic transferable records. The Secretariat draft will be discussed at the November 10-14 meeting of the Working Group. The federal register notice can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-06/pdf/2014-23790.pdf.

Public Meeting on the Judgments Project. A public meeting to discuss the work of a Working Group of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on a possible convention for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments will be held on November 10, 2014 from 10 am to 12:30 pm EST. The federal register notice can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-23/pdf/2014-25260.pdf.

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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