The Governments of the countries hereinafter specified: the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland; In view of the permanent character of the Hague Conference on Private International Law; Desiring to stress that character; Having, to that end, deemed it desirable to provide the Conference with a Statute; Have agreed upon the following provisions:
The purpose of the Hague Conference is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law.
(1) Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law are the States which have already participated in one or more Sessions of the Conference and which accept the present Statute.
(2) Any other State, the participation of which is from a juridical point of view of importance for the work of the Conference, may become a Member. The admission of new Member States shall be decided upon by the Governments of the participating States, upon the proposal of one or more of them, by a majority of the votes cast, within a period of six months from the date on which that proposal is submitted to the Governments.