Hague Evidence Conference: The Experts’ Group Issues Its Report

int-hcchThis is a guest post by Ted Fokman at Letters Blogatory:

Earlier this year, the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference established an Experts’ Group on the Use of Video-Link and other Modern Technologies in the Taking of Evidence Abroad. Continue reading

Is Germany’s Position on Pre-trial Discovery of Documents under the Hague Evidence Convention Softening?

hcch logoIn 2013, a decision by the President of the Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) Frankfurt led me to speculate whether Germany’s position on the pre-trial discovery of docments under the Hague Evidence Convention is softening. In April 2014, the Federal Ministry of Justice came forward with a proposal to modify Germany’s position on discovery of documents and to allow it in certain circumstances. In this post, I try to summarize the various responses to this initiative. Continue reading

Update from The Hague: Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions

Update: As previously reported,  the Hague Conference on Private International Law is holding a Special Commission meeting on the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions. At Letters Blogatory, Ted Folkman has now posted his comments of days three and four of the proceedings in The Hague.

The Hague: Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions

This week, the Hague Conference on Private International Law is holding a meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions. At Letters Blogatory, Ted Folkman is reporting live as events unfold. The Hague Conventions of course are central to many elements of cross-border litigation, and Ted covers what changes are being discussed.

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