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Hague Judgments Convention
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This Practice Note considers the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (the Hague Judgments Convention). The convention provides a framework for the enforcement of international civil or commercial judgments. This Practice Note sets out the background to the convention, its status and when it enters into force. It then explains the scope of the convention (Articles 1–3), as well as the mechanisms for recognition of judgments (Articles 4–7). It then considers interpretation and application, which includes procedure and costs (Articles 8–15) and finally the general clauses dealing with declarations, application of the convention where there are non-unified systems and the interaction of the convention with other international instruments. A definitions section is also included.

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