Dr Maxi Scherer spoke at the 4th Hague Prize Colloquium on International Law ‘Recognition in Private International Law’ in honour of Professor Dr Paul Lagarde on 18 January 2013 held at the ASSER Institute in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Regarding the decision to nominate Professor Paul Lagarde for The Hague Prize 2011, Chairman of the Hague Prize Foundation, Dr Bernard Bot said: “Paul Lagarde was awarded the prize for his extraordinary contribution to the study and development of private international law. Mr Lagarde is one of the most important contributors to the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The so called ‘Hague Conventions’ have an impact on the daily lives of people all over the world. These Conventions deal with issues such as international adoption of children, parental child abduction, easing international formalities for official documents, and international access to justice. Professor Lagarde also performed an important role in the development of private international law within the European Union, for which his Hague work was an important source of inspiration”.