New Delhi : The cabinet Thursday gave approval to India becoming a member of the Hague Conference on private international law, which works towards unifying the rules of such law and would be relevant to the large Indian diaspora.
Explaining its implications, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said: “The Hague Conference on Private International Law is an inter-governmental organisation.”
“The main purpose of the conference is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law by finding internationally agreed approaches to issues such as jurisdiction of courts, applicable law, and recognition and enforcement of judgements in a wide range of areas such as commercial laws, international civil procedures and matters relating to child protection, marriage and personal issues,” said the minister after the cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
He said: “At present, it has 65 member states. The issues dealt with and the conventions adopted by the Hague Conference are of great practical relevance to India in view of its large diaspora, increasing trade relations and travel abroad by Indian citizens.”
According to Dasmunsi, “As a member state, India would be entitled to participate in all the meetings and conferences and would also have a role in deciding on the future work programme of the Hague Conference.”