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About the Event

Organised by Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), the International Forum on the e-Apostille Programme (e-APP) is an event to discuss new technologies that can improve the operation and effectiveness of the document authentication process carried out under the HCCH Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention).

In its 11th edition, the e-APP Forum will be held between October 16 and 18 in Fortaleza, Ceará


15h to 18h - Accreditation

19h - Welcome reception

20h - Great solemnity

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Council of Justice
Association of Notaries and Registrars of Brazil (Anoreg / BR)

10h - Presentation HCCH - The Essentials
For over a decade, e-APP has modernized the operation of the Hague Apostille Convention for users and authorities. This introductory presentation will ensure that Forum participants have a common understanding of the key components of e-APP, the broader context of the Convention and the main outcomes of previous Forum editions.

10h30 - Panel of Experts I: Global Movement
In this opening panel, participants will hear experts representing the jurisdictions that have recently implemented the e-APP. The discussion will explore regional trends and in particular how the versatility of e-APP allows it to continue to thrive in many different regions around the world.

11h15 - Panel of experts I - questions and answers

11h30 - Coffee break

11h45 - Expert Panel II: The Implementation Journey
This panel will provide a summary of the processes undertaken by the authorities in preparing for the implementation of e-APP. Panel members will focus on preliminary considerations and concrete steps based on examples where contracting parties have conducted blanket studies or sought to revise their national procedures to ensure effective implementation of e-APP services.

12h30 - Panel of Experts II: Questions and Answers

12h45 - Photo of the discussion group

13h00 - Lunch

14h00 - Panel of Experts III: News and Specific Challenges
The experts represented in this panel will be invited to examine some of the newest e-APP practices between the contracting parties. The panel will also discuss some of the specific challenges that emerged in the context of e-APP and in the operation of the Convention more broadly, in order to lay the groundwork for the next meeting of the Special Committee.

14h45 - Panel of Experts III: Questions and Answers

15h15 - Coffee Break

15h30 - Expert Panel IV: The Road to the Front
This panel of experts will present how current and planned technological developments, including distributed accounting technologies, can transform the current procedures for issuing, recording and verifying the Hague Handbook. It will also explore the convenience and feasibility of other potential developments, such as a universal e-Apostille e-Register system and exportable "model". Ultimately, this panel will seek to demonstrate that, despite new technologies, the Hague Convention will remain relevant for many years.

16h15 - Expert Panel IV: Questions and Answers

16h30 - HCCH presentation: closure of the first day

17h00 - Free hours

20h00 - Official Dinner

10h - Official Launch of the Brazilian e-APP Platform

12h15 - Lunch

Parallel Sessions:

13h15 - Anoreg / BR Congress (for Brazilian Notaries and Registrars)

14h15 - Conclusions and Recommendations of the 11 e-APP Forum (for international participants)

16h00 - Closing Session


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Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)
The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is an intergovernmental organization in the field of private international law, which manages several international conventions, protocols and soft law instruments. The Hague Conference was convened for the first time by Tobias Asser at 1893 in The Hague.

National Council of Justice
The National Council of Justice (CNJ)
is a Brazilian public institution that aims to improve the work of the judicial system in Brazil, especially with regard to control and administrative and procedural transparency. Its mission is to develop judicial policies that promote the effectiveness and unity of the Judiciary, oriented to the values ​​of justice and social peace.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, also known as Itamaraty, is a body of the Executive Branch, responsible for advising the President of the Republic on the formulation, performance and follow-up of Brazil's relations with other countries and international organizations.

Association of Notaries and Registrars of Brazil (Anoreg / BR)
The Association of Notaries and Registrars of Brazil (Anoreg / BR) congregates more than 13 thousand offices distributed in all the states, Brazilian municipalities and in the majority of the districts, that employ directly and indirectly more than 500 thousand people. Among the objectives of the activity stand out: the guarantee of authenticity, safety and effectiveness to all legal acts. The national entity has the legitimacy, by the constituted powers, to represent all the specialties in any instance or court, operating in harmony and direct cooperation with other similar associations.

Notary College of Brazil (CNB-CF)
The Brazilian Notary College is the representative entity of more than nine thousand Brazilian notaries and congregates the notaries of notes and protests in each State. Its main purpose as civil society under private law is to collaborate with the Public Power in the improvement of notary services, evolving its performance and adding benefits to users in all corners of Brazil.

National Association of Registrars of Natural People (Arpen-Brazil)
Founded in September of 1993, in the city of Belo Horizonte (MG), the National Association of Registrars of Natural People (Arpen-Brasil) represents the Civil Registration Officers of Brazil, who serve the population in all Brazilian states, performing the main acts of a person's civil life: birth registration, marriage and death.




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