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(Jan 02, 2008) The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the National Commission for Women, as a part of their efforts to counter fraudulent marriages by non-resident Indians, finally succeeded recently in persuading the Government of India to ratify the Hague Conference on Private International Law. India's ratification of the Convention may facilitate the mutual recognition of court orders of signatory countries on private law issues. Thus, it is hoped that settlement of inter-continental marital disputes and of disputes over custody of children when marriages fail will become easier.

The Hague Conference, established in 1893, currently has 68 member states and regional economic integration organizations (Hague Conference on Private International Law [HCCH] Web site, (last visited Jan. 8, 2008)). It regulates differences in laws between member countries and works for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law and assists in the implementation of multilateral conventions by promoting harmonization of conflicts of laws among member countries. It is still unclear which specific Hague Conventions on family matters that India will adopt, but the Child Abduction Convention had previously been mentioned as one of the likely candidates. (India to Ratify Hague Convention to Prevent Fraudulent Overseas Marriages, DOORDARSHAN DD NEWS, Nov. 8, 2007, Open Source Center No. SAP20071108378001; India to Join Hague Conference to Protect Married Women's Rights?, CONFLICT OF LAWS.NET, Jan. 7, 2007, available at

Author: Krishan Nehra More by this author
Topic: International affairs More on this topic
Jurisdiction: India More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 01/02/2008