SC justice underscores importance of the Hague Conference

October 26, 2011 10:15 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 26 — Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Arturo Brion underscored on Wednesday the importance of the Hague Conference in his opening remarks at the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference: The Work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (AP4 HCCH).

The three-day AP4 HCCH is being held until Friday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in in Makati City.

The Hague Conference on private international law is a global inter-governmental organization which develops and services multilateral legal instruments such as the Hague Conventions which respond to global needs.

According to Justice Brion, the more than a century-old Hague Conference "achieves the progressive unification of the rules of private international law by developing and assisting in the implementation of multilateral agreements called the Hague Conventions, which cover a variety of concerns ranging from the international protection of children, family and property relations, to international legal cooperation and litigation, and international commercial and finance law."

Among those present on the first day of the conference were Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya, the Hague Conference on Private International Law Secretary General Hans Van Loon, Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Esteban Conejos Jr., Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) Chancellor retired SC Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna, and University of the Philippines Law Center Associate Dean Concepcion Jardeleza.

Also present are international law experts, senior foreign affairs and justice officials, as well as members of the academe and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from at least 25 countries who are attending the AP4.

The conference is being conducted by the SC, through its education arm PHILJA, in partnership with the DFA and the U.P. College of Law. (PNA)

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