On 2 July 2019, the closing ceremony of the 22nd Diplomatic Session of HCCH was held in the Great Hall of Justice in the Peace Palace, which marks the conclusion of the Final Act of the 2019 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters (hereinafter the Convention). The closing ceremony was presided over by the President of HCCH and, the chairman of the Dutch government's standing committee on private international law, Mr Frass, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Stef Blok, who addressed the conference, and the Secretary General of the HCCH, Dr. Christophe Bernasconi. The Vice President of HCCH, the head of the Chinese delegation and the ambassador to Netherlands, Xu Hong, as well as members of the Chinese delegation, and other participants from various countries, almost 200 delegates attended the closing ceremony and signed the Final Act of the conference.
This new Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters is the world's first international instrument to establish uniform rules in the recognition and enforcement of foreign civil and commercial judgments comprehensively, aiming at the global enforcement of national judgments. The adoption of the Convention will provide more high-quality, efficient and low-cost judicial guarantee for international civil and commercial activities including international trade and cross-border commerce, and have a profound impact on judicial cooperation in international civil and commercial field.
During the conference, the Chinese delegation constructively participated in negotiations, firmly supported multilateralism, actively played the role as a bridge and built consensus among all the parties, and took the initiative to lead the rule-making. The delegation's proposals on anti-monopoly, intellectual property and other topics were adopted by the General Assembly, which made positive contributions to the conclusion of the Convention.
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