Hague Conventions on International Civil Procedure – Pathway to Adoption
This project explores a pathway for New Zealand to adopt four key treaties on international civil procedure developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law
About the project
This project explores the advantages and process for New Zealand to adopt four key conventions on international civil procedure developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law – the Service Convention 1965, the Evidence Convention 1970, the Choice of Court Convention 2005, and the Judgments Convention 2019.
Adoption of each of these treaties would bring immediate, concrete benefits to the New Zealand legal system, New Zealand litigants, and the country’s international standing, and at minimal cost. Although some steps have been taken by the executive towards adoption of these treaties, that progress has stalled.
This project aims to articulate and test the benefits of accession, to lay out a possibly pathway for adoption, and to consider what steps would be required to implement the treaties in New Zealand law.
$22,980 over 2023-2024
About the researchers
Jack Wass is a barrister at Stout Street Chambers in Wellington specialising in cross-border litigation. Dr Maria Hook is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago Faculty of Law. They are the co-authors of The Conflict of Laws in New Zealand and have a longstanding interest in law reform.
Jack Wass, Barrister, Stout Street Chambers