Both personal and commercial situations which are connected with more than one country are becoming increasingly common in the modern world. These may be affected by differences between the legal systems in those countries. With a view to resolving these differences, States have adopted special rules known as ‘private international law’ rules.
The statutory mission of the Conference is to work for the ‘progressive unification’ of these rules. This involves finding internationally-agreed approaches to issues such as jurisdiction of the courts, applicable law, and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in a wide range of areas, from commercial law and banking law to international civil procedure and from child protection to matters of marriage and personal status.
Over the years, the Conference has, in carrying out its mission, increasingly become a centre for international judicial and administrative co-operation in the area of private law, especially in the fields of protection of the family and children, of civil procedure and commercial law.
The Conference held its first meeting in 1893, on the initiative of Tobias Asser. It became a permanent inter-governmental organisation in 1955, upon entry into force of its Statute. The ultimate goal of the Organisation is to work for a world in which, despite the differences between legal systems, persons - individuals as well as companies - can enjoy a high degree of legal security.
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