Seminar-Workshop on Apostille Convention
On January 30, 2014, PHILJA conducted the Seminar-Workshop on the Apostille Convention at the De La Salle University-College of Law, Manila (main site) and via videoconferencing at the En Banc Session Hall, Supreme Court. The activity was held to: (a) increase awareness about the Hague Conference and its work in the Asia Pacific region including providing technical assistance to countries to implement Hague Conventions within their jurisdiction in accordance with best practices and reaching out to state and non-state organizations within the Asia Pacific to explore ways of harmonizing private international law throughout the world; and (b) enable participants to become familiar with the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents commonly known as theApostille Convention and its implications in anticipation of the Philippines’ accession to it in 2014. The seminar-workshop, which was also streamed live via YouTube, was attended by a total of 180 guests composed of SC and CA officials and court attorneys, RTC executive judges, NCJR MeTC executive judges and representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, with 105 participants at the main site and 75 at the remote site, respectively.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-de Castro formally opened the activity and De La Salle University College of LawDean Jose Manuel I. Diokno welcomed the participants. Three lectures were given by resource speakers, Professor Anselmo Reyes of the Hague Conference Asia Pacific Regional Office Hong Kong and Professor Peter Zablud of the Board of Governors of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries: Introduction to the Hague Conference, the Hague Conventions, the Apostille Convention, and the electronic Apostille program (e-APP); It’s all about Authenticity: Towards Ensuring Trustworthy Documents; and A Detailed Examination of Practice and Experience in the Implementation of the Apostille Convention (including the e-APP program). In her Closing Remarks Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno urged the members of the judiciary and the legal profession to preparefor the impending accession of the Philippines to the Apostille Convention, and be willing to embrace technology in delivering justice worldwide.
The Apostille Convention, concluded in October 1961, aims toreplace the often cumbersome and costly process in the circulation of public documents with a simple procedure without veering away from legalization–the issuance of an Apostille (also called Apostille Certificate or Certificate). A document with an Apostille Certificate would not require any further legalization by the country in which it is to be used.