The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille convention is shortly known as the Hague Convention. It is also generally known as the Apostille treaty. Hong Kong is bound by the treaty.
The Apostille treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
- It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states.
- Such a certification is called an apostille (French: certification).
- It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law.